Softball wins Districts, 4th at State


Class A’s third-ranked Marian softball team was the host for the A-3 district tournament. They started off the day with an (11-2) win over Columbus, continuing on with a (12-4) win over Papillion-LaVista South. On day two, Marian was to face Papillion La-Vista South (PLVS) again. Game one ended with a loss, (9-6), sending Marian and PLVS into sudden death. The girls came out on top with a (9-0) shutout win. The team advanced to the state tournament at Hastings on Oct. 14-16. On the morning of Oct. 14 the Crusaders shut out Lincoln East (3-0) with home runs by Abby Russell ’21 and Danielle Schlader ’22. Later that day, they fell (14-0) to Papillion-LaVista, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. On day two, Marian defeated Lincoln Southeast (8-2). The Crusaders fought hard, but fell to Lincoln Southwest (11-2). By the end of the state tournament, the team finished with a total of 23 strikeouts, 17 of those contributed by sophomore pitcher and outfielder Maddia Groff ’23. The team also had five home runs and 106 plate appearances.

The Varsity softball team lines up to be announced at the beginning of the first state game against Lincoln East on Oct. 14 in Hastings.

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