Second seed Doane and four seed Morningside each went 2-0 in day one competition at the 2012 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Softball Tournament in Hastings, Nebraska. The eight-team double elimination tournament is being played at the Smith Softball Complex and is hosted by Hastings College.
Eight games were played on Thursday afternoon. Top seed Northwestern, three seed Concordia, seven seed Midland, and eighth seed Hastings all went 1-1. Fifth seed Dakota Wesleyan and sixth seed Dordt went 0-2 and were eliminated from the tournament. Play will resume on Friday at Noon with two elimination games. Hastings will play Concordia and Midland will match up with Northwestern. Doane and Morningside will play in a 2pm winners bracket final contest. The winner will advance to championship play on Saturday at Noon.
The GPAC tournament champion will earn the league’s lone berth in the NAIA National Softball Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The 32 team final site tournament will be played May 17-23.