Just getting past the tag at third, Morayah Cupp safely advanced on a stolen base against McCook JVs. (Johnson Publications photo)

Sydnie Allen winds up in the first game against McCook JVs Monday at Schroeder Park. (Johnson Publications photo)

Softball team in Chadron for districts this week

    It’s the post season for the Lady Longhorn softball team, and they had to travel a good distance to get to this year’s C-6 District Tournament.
    Chadron is the district host this year, and Chase County at 3-25  enters as the No. 7 seed in the seven-team tournament.
    That puts the Lady Longhorns up against No. 2 seed CCV (Centura/Central Valley) for their first-round game at 11 a.m. today (Thursday).
    Top-seeded Chadron gets the first-round by in the double-elimination tournament.
    Coach Denise Smith doesn’t know much about CCV, which enters with a 12-11 record. They’ve had just two common opponents this season—Gering and Scottsbluff—and CCV lost to both teams.
    As they enter districts, Smith said she just wants to see her team play solid defense and get good contact at the plate.
    “Except for seeding, records at this point don’t matter. It comes down to how we perform that day,” she said.
    The tournament is being played at two locations in Chadron—Hampton Field and Chadron State College’s facility on the southeast edge of the campus.
    Chase County’s first game is at Hampton Field. A win sends them up against the Minden/So. Valley winner in a 1 p.m. game Thursday at Hampton. A loss will put them up against the Minden/So. Valley loser, also at 1 p.m. at the CSC field.
    The tournament continues on Friday.
    District champions and two wild card teams will advance to the state Class C tournament in Hastings Oct. 11-13.
Triangular at Alliance
    Chase County went up against some strong pitching and strong hitting at a triangular Saturday with Alliance and Chadron.
    Played in Alliance this year, the triangular rotates among the three teams and usually marks the last regular season action for Chase County.
    In their opener against Alliance, Coach Smith said her team probably faced the best pitcher they’ve seen all season.
    She held the Lady Longhorns to no hits in their 8-0 loss.

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