HASTINGS — Class B No. 3-rated Hastings emerged from the first day of the loaded Subdistrict 8 tournament as the lone undefeated team left.
The Tigers (26-3) snapped a 16-game winning streak by Northwest with a 7-0 victory in the winners bracket final.
Leading 2-0, Hastings pulled away with two runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth.
Faith Molina held the Vikings (22-9) to five hits while striking out seven and walking three.
Kaelan Schultz had a pair of hits including a home run for the Tigers. Peytin Hudson also had two hits and drove in a pair of runs.
Kylie Caspersen had two hits for the Vikings.
In the opening round, Northwest extended its hot streak by blanking Grand Island Central Catholic 8-0 in six innings in the first round to avenge a regular-season loss.
Ava Laurent limited the Crusaders to two hits while striking out six and walking none.
The Vikings took control by plating five runs in the second inning.
Avyn Urbanski hit a two-run single to center field to get the inning going and Faith Gibson capped it off with a two-out, two-run double to center.
Urbanski finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs.
Reba Mader drove in a pair while Grace Baasch had two hits and scored twice.
A pair of errors hurt the Crusaders and led to four unearned runs.
Alexis Mudloff and Andrea Palma had a hit each for GICC.
Central Catholic stayed alive and advanced to Tuesday’s play by blanking Aurora 10-0 in five innings in an elimination game.
Palma held the Huskies (14-13) to three hits while striking out five and walking none.
This time it was the Crusaders (21-8) who used a big second inning to grab a commanding lead. GICC scored six times to go up 8-0.
Jessica Zehendner finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run. Mudloff, Palma and Shaylin Kucera also had two hits each for the Crusaders.
Northwest and GICC will meet up again Tuesday at 2 p.m. in an elimination game.
The winner would have to defeat Hastings twice to claim the subdistrict championship.
GICC 000 000—0 2 2
Northwest 151 001—8 8 2
WP—Laurent. LP—O’Neill. 2B—NW, Gibson.
Northwest (22-9) 000 000 0—0 5 1