Central Methodist broke a tie ballgame in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring three unanswered runs over the fourth and fifth innings to defeat Bellevue (Neb.) 5-2 on Tuesday in the semifinal round of the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round in the Central Methodist Bracket at Cox Softball Complex.
In the second game Tuesday, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) held off a late rally to beat Columbia (Mo.) 5-4. In the third and final game, Bellevue had its second walk-off win in as many days, defeating Cardinal Stritch 2-1 in eight innings to earn a rematch against Central Methodist.
The winner of the Central Methodist Bracket will advance to the NAIA Softball World Series, which will be held from May 22-28 in Sioux City, Iowa.
After defeating Friends, KS, 2-0 in their first game on Tuedsay, Doane ran up against the number one seed in the Shawnee, OK regional and lost to Mobile by a 1-0 final in nine innings. A hit batter and one out single scored the winning run. Doane finished their season 34-13.
Making their second appearance to the NAIA tourney in as many years didn’t pay off for Concordia. After a 6-4 win over Grand View, IA, the Bulldogs faced the number one seeded team for the second day in a row and were eliminated in a 9-2 loss to Oklahoma City, the top team in the country. Concordia lost both games to OKC by a combined 22-2. They end their season at 29-23.