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Westviw girls nip Prairie Heights

Westview nipped county rival Prairie Heights, 1-0 in the first game of the local 2A softball sectional Monday evening in Emma.

Grace Miller’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning brought home Megan Schrock with the deciding tally. Schrock singled to lead off the frame and advanced to third on sacrifices by Shelbi Smith and Shianna Smith.

Prairie Heights’ best chance to score came in the top of the sixth when a walk to Amanda Prough and a Westview error on a ground ball hit by Alicia Walter put Lady Panthers on second and third with two outs. But Lady Warrior pitcher Andrea Stoltzfus got Liz German to pop out to shortstop to end the threat.

Stoltzfus gave up just one hit while striking out 17 and walking five. Losing hurler German allowed only four hits, fanned three and walked three.

Karis Brewer ripped a double for the Lady Warriors, who are scheduled to meet LaVille in the first semifinal game Thursday. The Lady Lancers drew a first-round bye.

Central Noble and Bremen will tangle in the second semifinal contest Thursday. The Lady Cougars blasted Eastside, 10-2 and Bremen nudged Fremont, 2-1 Tuesday evening.

Two-run singles by Haley White and Mikayla Weber in the first inning got Central Noble off to a good start. The Lady Cougars would score once in the second, twice in the third and once in the fifth to build an 8-0 lead. After Eastside pushed across a couple of runs in its half of the fifth, Katie Vice and Taylor Strange smacked RBI doubles in the seventh to close the scoring.

Central Noble twirler Madison Bremer struckout 10 in the win.

Bremen, ranked fifth in the final 2A state poll, needed a run in the sixth inning to finally put away a pesky Fremont squad. Sara Knepper came around on a two-out double by Bailey Fritter to score the eventual winning marker.

The Lady Eagles tied the game at 1-all in the bottom of the fifth. Autumn Godwin doubled with one out, went to third on a Bremen error and scored on a groundout off the bat of Macayla Guthrie.

But Bremen pitcher Shannon Arndt would wriggle out of the fifth without any more damage. Arndt then retired six of the last seven Lady Eagles she faced, including three by strikeout, to secure the victory. Arndt finished with a dozen whiffs.

Godwin pitched well in defeat, striking out five in seven innings.

Central Noble and Bremen clash following the LaVille-Westview tussle which starts at 5 p.m. Thursday. The winners of those games return to Emma Saturday at 12 noon to play for the sectional crown.