HASTINGS – Following a parking-lot sendoff for the Wayne High state bound softball team Wednesday, players and coaches hit to the road for an early morning game.
The 2019 NSAA State Softball Championships begin Wednesday, October 16 and last through Friday, October 18 from the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings. Due to anticipated frost and wet field conditions, all game times for Wednesday have been pushed back one hour. Class B games will begin at 10 a.m., followed by Class C at 12:30 p.m. and Class A around 3 p.m.
This will mark the second time this year Wayne will play games in Hastings as they won the Adams Central Tournament on September 28 and will be making their 17th state tournament appearance in 18 years of softball at Wayne, 13th consecutive.
WHS (30-3) is riding a 25-game win streak and won last year’s Class C title at 35-0. This season, the Blue Devils are playing in the Class B tournament which will now open at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Join Sports Director, Aaron Scheffler on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and online at waynedailynews.com as #4 Wayne will square off with #5 Hastings on field four. Pregame coverage is set for 9:45 a.m.
The winner will advance to a 5:30 p.m. game Wednesday against either #1 Omaha Skutt Catholic or #8 Seward while the loser will be back in action Thursday morning at 9 a.m. The other half of the bracket will feature #3 Crete vs. #6 Omaha Gross Catholic and #2 Beatrice (Class B 2018 runner-up) vs. #7 Norris.
Another northeast Nebraska team is back at state being Guardian Angels Central Catholic for the ninth consecutive year competing in the Class C bracket. #2 GACC (25-3) will take on #7 Auburn (21-6) at 12:30 p.m. on field two. The winner will advance to a 5:30 p.m. Wednesday showdown against either #3 Hastings St. Cecilia or #6 Arlington while the losers will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday. The other half of the bracket features #1 Fairbury vs. #8 Malcolm and #4 Cozad vs. #5 Kearney Catholic. There will be a new Class C champion and runner-up with Wayne playing in Class B and Bishop Neumann not qualifying.
Class A first round games will open Wednesday at 3 p.m. with #1 Papillion-LaVista (Class A 2018 runner-up) vs. #8 Millard West; #4 Millard South vs. #5 Gretna; #3 Omaha Marian vs. #6 Lincoln North Star and #2 Elkhorn (Class B 2018 champion) vs. #7 Lincoln Southwest (Class A 2018 champion).