Arlington won two games Thursday at the 2017 State Softball Tournament and will meet defending champions Malcolm Friday morning for the right to play Wahoo Neumann in the Class C finals.
Arlington opened with a 10-4 win over Auburn and then downed Fairbury 2-1. Neumann won its only game Thursday 5-4 over Malcolm.
The game between Malcolm (27-5) and Arlington (27-7) will be a tournament rematch as Malcolm won 4-2 on Wednesday.
The Eagles pounded out 12 hits in the win over Auburn. May Hoesing, Maggie Schmidt, Alexa Brenn and Taylor Wakefield ended with two hits apiece.
Wakefield put Arlington on top 4-1 in the second inning with a two-run bomb to center. Brenn led the way with four RBI, all coming on one swing of the bat on a grand slam over the left-center field fence in the third inning.
Hoesing, Sarah Theiler and Macy Rosenthal each hit a double. Brenn went the distance in the circle giving up six hits, four earned runs and one walk with three strikeouts.
Against Fairbury, the Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for the win.
Theiler, Schmidt and Bailey Andersen each had two hits for Arlington. Bruning and Rosenthal each drove in a run and Andersen and Rachel Kraemer scored a run. Theiler and Maddie Von Seggern each hit a double.
Brenn allowed six hits and four walks while striking out five in the circle for the Eagles.
Neumann and Malcom was a back-and-forth game. The score was knotted at 1-1 after five. Neumann took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Malcom regained the lead in the seventh with two runs before the Cavaliers scored two of their own in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
Carlie Benes led Neumann with two hits, both singles. Katie Lilly hit a home run and Megan Spicka added a double.
Hadley Chvatal allowed 12 hits, four earned runs and one walk with two strikeouts in the circle for Neumann.
Chadron 13, x-Guardian Angels CC 5, 5 inn.
Auburn 15, x-Fillmore Central/E-M 4, 5 inn.
Fairbury 10, x-Chadron 8, 8 inn.
Arlington 10, x-Auburn 4
Bishop Neumann 5, Malcolm 4
Arlington 2, x-Fairbury 1
Game 13—Arlington (27-7) vs. Malcolm (27-5), 11:30 a.m.
Game 14—Bishop Neumann (25-8) vs. Game 13 winner, 2 p.m. (Second game to follow if necessary)
Malcolm 11, Guardian Angels CC 0, 4 inn.
Arlington 2, Chadron 1
Bishop Neumann 13, Auburn 7
Fairbury 13, Fillmore Central/E-M 5, 5 inn.
Malcolm 4, Arlington 2
Bishop Neumann 3, Fairbury 0