HASTINGS – It took three wins in eight hours, but the Crete softball team is headed to the state tournament for the first time in school history after winning the B-3 district championship on Saturday.
Rain wreaked havoc on the schedule for the tournament, which was supposed to be a double elimination bracket that started Thursday in York. Instead it was moved to Hastings and became single elimination with all the games played Saturday afternoon and evening.
Despite the challenges created by the weather, the Cardinals were able to run the gauntlet of the toughest district in Class B. They opened with an 8-0 win over Beatrice, then bested one of the best pitchers in the state in a 3-1 victory over Seward.
In the final, Camry Moore held top-seeded York to just five hits and hit a home run for a 2-1 win and a trip to state.
Meanwhile, Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan punched their ticket to state by going unbeaten in the C-5 tournament, capped by back-to-back wins over 1-seed Centennial.
Fairbury will try to join the two schools when they face Malcolm for the C-3 title Monday afternoon in Valparaiso.
The state softball tournament will be held at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 11.