Wayne top seed for Class C state softball tourney

To nobody's surprise, the 31-0 and top-ranked Wayne High softball team was listed as the top seed for the Class C bracket of the State Softball Championships that begin Wednesday at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings.

The Blue Devils will face Cozad, who won their district title on a three-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh, in Wednesday's 2 p.m. opening-round matchup. The Blue Devils shut out Cozad 8-0 in their only meeting two weeks ago at the Adams Central Invitational on a perfect game by pitcher Tori Kniesche.

A win puts Wayne into a 7 p.m. second-round matchup against either fourth-seed Bishop Neumann, who Wayne has beaten twice this season, or fifth-seed Auburn, the C-1 district champion. The other half of the bracket includes No. 3 Guardian Angels Central Catholic and No. 6 Centennial in one matchup, with No. 2 Arlington facing No. 7 Milford in the other first-round battle.

The tournament runs through Friday, with the championship game set for 2 p.m.

Wednesday’s Schedule
2 p.m. First Round Games
Game 1 —
No. 1 Wayne (31-0) vs. No. 8 Cozad (18-15)
Game 2 — No. 4 Neumann (23-8) vs. No. 5 Auburn (25-3)
Game 3 — No. 3 Guardian Angels CC (24-7) vs. No. 6 Centennial (25-9)
Game 4 — No. 2 Arlington (23-7) vs. No. 7 Milford (18-12)
7 p.m. Winner’s Bracket Second Round
Game 5 —
Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game 6 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner

Thursday’s Schedule
11:30 a.m. Loser’s Bracket First Round
Game 7 —
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 8 — Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
2 p.m. Loser’s Bracket Second Round
Game 9 —
Loser Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7
Game 10 — Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 8
7 p.m. Third Round
Game 11 —
Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
Game 12 — Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

Friday’s Schedule
11:30 a.m. Loser’s Bracket Final
Game 13 —
Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 11
2 p.m. Championship Final
Game 14 —
Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 13
Game 15 — If needed, 30 minutes after end of Game 14

NOTE: Download the bracket below

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