Westview and Prairie Heights were both eliminated from the 2A softball sectional field in first-round action Monday in Emma.
The host Lady Warriors were upended by Central Noble, 5-1 in the first game of the day. The Lady Cougars took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the third inning, one scoring on a Westview error and the other on a single by Haley Duncan.
Central Noble doubled its lead in the fourth on a two-run homer off the bat of Kennedy Forker. Duncan then singled to lead off the fifth, went to third on a double by Jessica Coats and scored on another Lady Warrior bobble to make the score 5-0.
Westview tallied its lone run in the sixth on a Rachel Johns double and an RBI single by Sidney Byrkett. But the rally died when Central Noble center fielder Kristin Clear made a shoe-string catch of a line drive hit by Brooke Wigner then doubled off Byrkett at second, who was streaking toward home plate on the play.
Duncan retired the Lady Warriors in order in the seventh, the last two batters by strikeout, to nail down the win. Duncan finished with seven whiffs.
Amber Roth had two hits for Westview, which closes the season at 15-12.
In the nightcap, defending champion Bremen tallied four runs in the second inning and five times in the fifth en route to an 11-3 victory over Prairie Heights.
Jess Gall’s three-run double keyed the Lady Lions’ second-inning outburst. Three Lady Panther errors and a two-run single by Rachael Czarnecki fueled the fifth-frame rally.
Chelsea Huppert was the winning pitcher for Bremen. Huppert gave up eight hits, walked four and struckout four.
Shawna Carbone doubled, singled and drove in a run for Prairie Heights, which ends the campaign 7-21. Alex Messer and Danielle Engel each lined RBI singles.
Lakeland advanced to the semifinals of the 3A softball sectional at Fairfield with a 12-2 romp over NECC rival West Noble Monday night.
Ashton Miller’s two-run homer in the first inning got the Lady Laker express rolling. Lakeland broke the game open with a six-run third frame, then tacked on four more markers in the fifth to end the contest due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Miller wound up with two hits, three RBI and three runs scored. Kristen Wiese went 3-4 with a double and an RBI. Karissa Troyer had two hits and three runs, and Laken Detwiler lined a two-run single.
Paige Gust pitched the initial four innings for Lakeland to earn the win. Gust allowed four hits and struckout two. Aspen Bond tossed a scoreless fifth inning with two walks and two whiffs.
Coach Sherry Severson’s 14-12 Lady Lakers meet NorthWood n the opening semifinal game set for Wednesday night at 5 p.m. The second game will pit the survivors of Tuesday’s matchups between Wawasee and Tippecanoe Valley, and Fairfield and Whitko. The championship game is set for Thursday at 5 p.m.