HASTINGS – Most of the first-round games at the NSAA Girls Softball State Championship Wednesday in Hastings lacked drama. But those few games that did have drama made for some heart-pounding moments.
In Class A, Millard West got a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning from senior Mackenzie Dickmeyer to survive against Lincoln Southwest and earn a 6-4 victory. Meanwhile, in Class B, top-seeded Elkhorn jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on North Platte, only to watch as the Bulldogs pull within 5-4. Elkhorn pitcher Sydney Nuismer, however, struck out the side in the seventh inning to secure the win for the Antlers.
In Class C, Sarah Theiler’s two-out triple in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Hailey Brenn with the game-winning run for Arlington as the Eagles fought off Milford 2-1.
Here is a quick recap of all the first-round games from Hastings. Play resumes, weather permitting, at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Papillion-LaVista 11, Lincoln North Star 2 (5 innings)
The top-seeded Monarchs scored twice in each of the first two innings and then tacked on seven more in the bottom of the fifth for the win. Madeline Vejvoda went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs for Papio while Jordyn Bahl went the distance on the mound, allowing four hits and striking out nine over five innings. She also added a pair of RBIs at the plate. For North Star, Hanna Roth had a pair of hits and a RBI.
Millard West 6, Lincoln Southwest 4
Mackenzie Dickmeyer went deep for a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Millard West the win. Skyler Spreitzer had singled earlier in the inning and scored on the home run. Emma Kauf and Emma Hain each homered for Southwest in the game and the Silverhawks out-hit Millard West 12-6.
Millard South 13, Omaha Marian 5 (5 innings)
Roni Foote slugged three home runs on the day and drove in six runs while Jayme Horan added a pair of solo home runs as the Patriots took down the Crusaders. Lydia Larson and Abigayle Russell each had two hits for Omaha Marian.
Gretna 17, Omaha Burke 8 (5 innings)
After Omaha Burke scored three times in the top of the first inning, Gretna answered with seven runs of its own in the bottom half of the frame on its way to a 17-8 victory. Brooke Andrews had four hits – including a pair of doubles and a home run – and drove in seven runs for the Dragons while Maeya Gydesen added two hits and three RBIs. Ashley Taylor, Emma Rosonke and Shea Alfrey each had two hits for Burke.
Elkhorn 5, North Platte 4
The Antlers put up a five spot in the bottom of the second on the strength of a three-run homer from Jadyn Hunt and then held on to take the win over North Platte. Sydney Nuismer struck out 16 and scattered four hits over seven innings for Elkhorn. Abby Orr and Karsyn Buttler each hit home runs for North Platte.
Hastings 6, Crete 2
Hastings scored in each of the first five innings and got home runs from Ellie Mccoy and Kaelan Schultz to edge Crete in the first round. Elle Douglas allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out six for the Tigers. Crete for a home run from Morgan Maly.
Beatrice 8, Blair 0 (5 innings)
Beatrice pitcher Addison Barnard held Blair to just two hits over five innings and struck out nine as the Orangewomen shut out Blair. Hannah Lytle, Olivia Aden and Jaci Berke each homered for Beatrice. Alison Blum and Cayla Nielsen each had a hit for the Bears.
Skutt Catholic 7, Omaha Gross 3
Skutt Catholic scored two times in the bottom of the first inning and added three more in the bottom of the second to build a comfortable lead on its way to a win over Gross. Hannah Camenzind and Lauren Camenzind each had two hits for Skutt and pitcher Elise Warneke struck out 14. Abbie Jo Gaube had two hits – including a homer – and three RBIs for the Cougars.
Wayne 6, Cozad 1
Wayne pitcher Victoria Kniesche struck out 18 and allowed just two hits as the Blue Devils remained undefeated on the season. Sidney Biggerstaff had a home run for Wayne while Kayla Fleming and Kniesche each added two hits. Jercey Irish and Reagan Armagost each had a hit for Cozad.
Centennial 11, Guardian Angels CC 3
Centennial exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to break a 3-3 tie and went on to take an 11-3 victory. Centennial pitcher Lilly Cast struck out seven over six innings and allowed just three hits while hitting a pair of doubles herself. Erika Cast added three hits and three RBIs for Centennial and Shelby Ziegler also drove in three runs. Jenna Schinstock had a two-run homer for Guardian Angels.
Bishop Neumann 6, Auburn 1
Neumann parlayed a double and two singles into four runs in the bottom of the fifth to break a scoreless tie and held on to defeat Auburn. Maggie Vasa had three hits – including two doubles – for the Cavaliers while Mary Chvatal and Katherine Lilly each added two hits. Hadley Chvatal struck out six and allowed four hits in the mound for Neumann. Leah Grant and Madison Reiman each had two hits for Auburn.
Arlington 2, Milford 1
Sarah Theiler’s two-out triple in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Hailey Brenn with the game-winning run for Arlington as the Eagles fought off Milford 2-1. Theiler also struck out 12 and allowed five hits and five walks over nine innings on the mound for Arlington. Taylor Wakefield added two hits for the Eagles. Milford pitcher Callie Carraher struck out 15 and allowed seven hits and Calyn Mowinkel had two hits.
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