HASTINGS -- The Beatrice softball team suffered a loss to Crete Saturday in the B-3 District Tournament, effectively ending their season.

Crete defeated Beatrice 8-0 and went on to win the district championship over York, sending them to the state tournament.

The tournament was originally scheduled to start Thursday, but it got postponed on both Thursday and Friday due to wet fields. They had to switch the tournament to a single elimination tournament and also moved it from York to Hastings.

"I was proud of the efforts of the girls this year," said Beatrice coach Dennis Dodge. "The team made steady improvements, especially on defense. Unfortunately, we rain into a red hot Crete team who went on to win districts."

Beatrice had a chance to take an early lead when Addison Barnard and Olivia Aden led off the game with back-to-back singles.

A strikeout and a ground out put the runners at second and third with two outs, but a ground out ended the scoring threat.

Crete's first run came in the bottom of the second when Lexi Mach hit a solo home run to make it 1-0.

The biggest blow came in the bottom of the third, though, when Morgan Maly connected for a three run home run to make it 4-0.

A two-run home run by Camry Moore in the bottom of the fourth inning made it 6-0. They would score two more runs in the sixth inning to make it 8-0, implementing the run rule.

Beatrice had six hits in the game, including a double and two singles. Adding a single each was Olivia Aden, Carley Leners and Jaci Berke. Bailey Green suffered the loss in the circle.

Beatrice finishes the season with a 14-17 record. It was the final game for seniors Mik Bletscher, Arial Eggert and Kaleigh Fielder.

Dodge said with most of the team returning next year, he thinks good things are ahead for the Lady O.

"We had the toughest schedule ever playing 13 rated teams and the team competed well," Dodge said. "The future is bright as the majority of the starters are back next year."

Fairbury falls, but earns wildcard to state

The Fairbury softball team lost 11-3 to Malcolm in the C-3 District Championship Monday in Fairbury.

The tournament was moved to Fairbury over the weekend due to wet fields at Valparaiso.

Despite the loss, Fairbury will still advance to the Class C State Tournament later this week due to their positioning in the wildcard standings.

Fairbury was the No. 2 seed at districts and opened with a 4-2 win over Wilber-Clatonia before beating Raymond Central 6-1, which set up Monday's championship game against Malcolm.

The State Softball Tournament is slated to begin on Wednesday in Hastings.

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