GRAND ISLAND – The 2020 fall season continues for the Wayne High softball team as they received one of the six wildcards advancing to a district final on Friday, October 9.
According to a release from the NSAA Wednesday afternoon, Wayne High has earned the #11 seed and will visit #6 Grand Island Central Catholic at 1 p.m. Friday from Veterans Field F in Grand Island for a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to state in Hastings next Wednesday.
Wayne High went 1-2 during the B-6 Subdistrict earlier this week held at the Wayne Softball Complex. WHS opened with a victory over Schuyler, 17-0 before falling to Crete (eventual champion), 12-2 and NEN (runner-up), 10-2 during an elimination game Tuesday. The Blue Devils are 20-7 on the season and have dropped five of their past 10 games since finishing runner-up during the Adams Central Invite on September 26.
Grand Island Central Catholic also received a wildcard after going 1-2 during the B-8 Subdistrict hosted by Hastings. GICC began with a loss to Grand Island Northwest, 8-0; shutout Aurora, 10-0 in the elimination game before falling to Northwest a second time, 16-15. The Crusaders are 21-9 on the season.
The 2020 Class A, B and C State Softball Tournament will be held at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings from Wednesday, October 14 – Friday, October 16.
Friday, October 9 District pairings:
B1: #1 Omaha Skutt Catholic (26-3) vs. #16 Omaha Gross Catholic (17-12) at 1 p.m. from Omaha Skutt Catholic High School
B2: #2 Hastings (27-3) vs. #15 Adams Central, (22-13) at noon from Bill Smith Softball Complex (Field 1) in Hastings
B3: #3 Norris (24-4) vs. #14 Beatrice (17-11) (wild) at 11 a.m. from Norris High School. in Firth
B4: #4 Northwest (23-10) (wild) vs. #13 Bennington (17-14) (wild) at 11 a.m. from Vet’s Sports Complex (Field C) in Grand Island
B5: #5 Blair (19-10) vs. #12 Elkhorn (19-12) at 2 p.m. from the Youth Sports Complex in Blair (Washington County Bank Field)
B6: #6 GICC (21-9) (wild) vs. #11 Wayne (20-7) (wild) at 1 p.m. from Vet’s Sports Complex (Field F) in Grand Island
B7: #7 Seward (22-8) vs. #10 Scottsbluff (28-7) at 10 a.m. from Plum Creek Park in Seward
B8: #8 Crete (19-9) vs. #9 Wahoo (22-9) (wild) at 11 a.m. from Cardinal Softball Field in Crete