HASTINGS — You want drama?
Turn your attention to the Class C bracket at the state softball tournament.
Thursday’s round of games continued a trend of low-scoring, highly intense battles at Smith Softball Complex.
Top-ranked Wayne advanced in the winners’ bracket with a 2-1 walk-off win against fourth-ranked Wahoo Neumann. Second-ranked Arlington advanced with a 1-0 win against No. 9 Centennial.
Wayne (33-0) won when Vivianne Kniesche connected for a two-out hit to right field. The ball got past the outfielder, and Kayla Fleming scored from first for the winning run.
Arlington took an early 1-0 lead in the third inning against Centennial, and held on for a nail-biting victory.
Eagles junior Sarah Theiler struck out nine and allowed only four hits.
A night earlier, Arlington (25-7) outlasted Milford 2-1 in nine innings.
“We knew coming into this we were going to see good teams and I really didn’t think in Class C that there would be a ton of big-run games,” Arlington coach Janelle Lorsch said. “They’re all going to be pretty tight.”
Of Arlington’s 32 games this year, 14 have been decided by three runs or less.
“They know what it’s like to be in a tight game and they just held their composure,” Lorsch said. “I think that’s a real good testament to those guys. They battled hard all year long with some tough games.”
The difference in Arlington’s win against Centennial was Kylee Bruning’s solo homer in the third inning.
No. 4 Auburn eliminated Cozad, 8-0, while Milford took out No. 8 Guardian Angels Central Catholic 6-4.