GRAND ISLAND – Pitching was the name of the game for Friday afternoon’s B-5 District Final where a pair of wildcard teams were in action.
From Veteran’s Athletic Sports Complex in Grand Island, a best two-of-three district final softball tournament series was held featuring the host #5 Northwest Vikings and #12 Wayne High.
A trio of two-run homeruns for Northwest and limited at-bats for WHS led to a pair of shut-out performances for the home team of 8-0 in five innings and 14-0 in four innings. Northwest improved to 27-7 while the Blue Devils ended the season on a three-game losing streak with a record of 18-9.
In the opening game, Northwest scored two runs in the first and a single run in the second inning to lead 3-0. The Vikings then poured in four runs during the fourth and scored the game-winning run in the fifth to win 8-0.
Junior Brooklyn Kruse recorded the lone hit for Wayne in game one with a single.
Senior Kendall Dorey (118 pitches) suffered the loss in four innings allowing seven runs (one earned) off five hits while striking out six batters and walking five. Freshman Sammi Gubbels (32) worked two-thirds allowing one run off one hit while striking out one batter.
Freshman Reyse Zobel posted a two-run homerun, single, three RBI and run scored to lead Northwest.
Junior Ava Laurent (66 pitches) secured the win in four and two-thirds allowing one hit while striking out 12 batters. Sophomore Kylie Caspersen (3) came in for the final out.
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 – Wayne
2 1 0 4 1 8 6 0 – Northwest
From the second game, Grand Island Northwest scored four runs in the first, two runs in the second and five more runs in the third to lead 11-0. The Vikings then tacked on three more runs in the fourth to win 14-0.
Brooklyn Kruse again broke up the no-hitter with a single.
Dorey (101 pitches) suffered the loss in there innings allowing 11 runs (five earned) off seven hits while striking out three batters and walking seven. Gubbels (31 pitches) closed out the game allowing three runs off four hits while striking out two batters.
Both Zobel and junior Grace Baasch combined for a pair of two-run homeruns as Baasch produced three RBI and three runs scored. Both junior Maddy Cushing (two RBI, run scored) and freshman Kyra Ray doubled (RBI and run scored).
Laurent (39) secured the victory in three innings striking out eight batters. Sophomore Layla Hopkins (15) closed out the final inning allowing one hit while striking out one batter.
1 2 3 4 R H E
4 2 5 3 14 11 0 – Northwest
0 0 0 0 0 1 4 – WHS
The 2021 State Softball Tournament will be played in Hastings from Wednesday, October 13 – Friday, October 15.