(Neb.)- Chadron Headed To State Softball After Remarkable Run
(Chadron)- Believe. That was the word written on the wrist of Chadron High pitcher Dana Dunbar as they started the final day of the C6 District softball tournament. The Lady Cardinals needed to pull off an improbable feat of winning three games, consecutively, to win the tourney and clinch a spot at next weeks state tournament in Hastings.
They believed and now they'll be playing in their first state tournament since 2005 and own only their second district title in school history, their first since 2003.
The day started with a continuation of Friday mornings game against Centura/Central Valley, in which the Diamonds had runners on first and second base to start play. Out of the gates CCV tacked on two more singles and and used a SAC fly to plate three runs in the top of the inning, but today the Lady Cards believed nothing would slow them down.
After Madi Hamar popped out to open the bottom of the first, Dana Dunbar and Kylee Garrett hit back to back singles followed by a Micah Stouffer double and a Peyton Underwood single topped off by a Hannah Kennell 2 RBI single to plate four runs and claim the lead for good.
Chadron allowed three hits the rest of the game to CCV, but the fireworks were just getting started for the Cardinals.
After a Hamar single, Dunbar blasted one over the fence in left field to put Chadron up 6-3. After being hit by a pitch, Garrett would come around to score on a Mia Brodrick single.
Chadron added three more runs in the third and two in the fourth to clinch the 12-3 win and advance to play a Southern Valley/Alma team that defeated them 10-8 on Friday morning.
If you thought the first game produced alot of runs for Chadron, you are very mistaken.
Chadron came out and score the first run of the game against SVA on a Peyton Underwood RBI single to score Kylee Garrett. Sending the Saints three up, three down, the Lady Cardinals, powered Garrett's first home run of the say came away with five more runs in the second.
The Cardinals led 6-0 through three innings but Southern Valley/Alma had other thoughts.
The visitors scored six in the fourth to tie the game, but Chadron reclaimed the lead behind another Garrett homer, but gave up five in the fifth to allow SVA to take an 11-10 lead to the bottom of the inning.
As they had before, Chadron battled back with three more runs in their half of the fifth to go back up 13-11. The Saints scored two in the top of the sixth to knot the score at 13, but three Cardinal runs in the bottom of the inning were enough for Chadron to hold on for the 16-13 win.
In order to finish off the comeback, Chadron needed to beat the same SVA team, again.
The second time around proved to be less dramatic with all the bells and whistles.
Hamar led off the game being hit by a pitch followed by a Dunbar single, the icing on the cake came with Kylee Garrett blasting her fourth home run of the day to right field to put Chadron up 3-0 after the first inning.
Dunbar only allowed three hits on the day, and Chadron defense stranded all three runners on third base. Garrett would score again in the third on a SAC fly from Underwood, and then Chadron exploded for five runs in the fourth and two more in the top of the fifth to close out the win 11-0.
Chadron will head to state at 20-10, their best record since 2005, while Garrett unofficially broke the Chadron High career home run record.
The Lady Cards will open tournament play at 8:00 a.m MT on Wednesday morning with the bracket to be released on Sunday.
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