State softball

Bluejay pitcher Lexis Haase covers home plate, but her tag wasn’t in time, as Chadron’s Dana Dunbar slides into home plate for a run during last week’s Class C state softball tourney in Hastings. Chadron defeated GACC 13-5 in an elimination game.

There were highs and lows, drama and controversy, which made for an eventful Class C state softball elimination game Thursday at Hastings.

And while Guardian Angels Central Catholic showed plenty of heart in its attempt to rally, Chadron pulled away for a 13-5 win over the Bluejays.

Finding the strike zone was an issue for the Bluejays early on, and Chadron capitalized on those early pitching woes, jumping out to a 3-0 lead.

“We just came out with such a slow start. I don’t know what the problem was. You never want to see a start like that,” Bluejay head coach Allan Kreikemeier said. “We couldn’t throw strikes. If we could have avoided that, we probably would have had a better chance.”

The Bluejays eventually found themselves in an 8-1 hole heading into the 5th inning. But that’s when GACC found a spark.

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