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May 4, 2014

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With a 15-4 win over Seward County in the finals of the Division I Region VI softball tournament held this weekend on the campus of Wichita State University (while the shockers were winning the Missouri Valley regular season title) Butler County earns the right to host Otero Junior College which won Region IX out of Colorado.

The super regional will begin at 4pm on Wednesday at the Butler fields, and a second game of the best of three series will follow at 6pm. Should it be necessary, a third game will be held on Thursday, TBD.

Butler defeated Otero last season to qualify for the national tournament and finish with a 54-4 record. They have also met and defeated this same team in the Colby Tournament earlier in this season by the score on 9-1 with Ashton Atwell hitting two home runs and Sydnee Eck one.

Otero Junior College came into their Region IX tournament with a 41-15 record while Butler after winning their regional sits at 34-7.

The winner advances to the National Tournament in St. George, Utah.

It should also come as no surprise that Cowley County and Highland Community College have qualified out of their regionals for the Division II Tournament again this season. It is the fifth straight year for Highland, and the third straight for Cowley which has finished in the final four in each of the past two seasons.

Cowley, which will see 30 year head coach Ed Hargrove retire at the end of the season, started the day having to win three games to advance. They defeated Labette County 6-0 in game one, then hung on to win against Coffeyville 4-2 in the second game of the day to force a second championship game.

In the championship game, the Lady Tigers bats came alive and they defeated the Red Raven Ladies 12-1 to advance to the tournament with a 41-10 record.

After winning a pair of close games against Kansas City and Independence on Saturday, Highland had to wait for those two teams to play each other on Sunday morning to see who would have to beat the Scotties twice to advance. That team would be Independence whom the Scotties defeated 6-3 in the championship game and will take a 40-9 record to the dance.

The tournament for Highland and Cowley will be held in Clinton, Mississippi, May 14-17.




NJCAA Region VI Division I Softball Tournament
Saturday, May 3
G1 10AM - (4) Barton (19-22) def (5) (12-35) Colby 5-4
G2 12:00 - (2) Seward County (45-10) def (3) (21-31) Garden City 2-1
G3 2:00 - (1) #7 Butler (31-7) def (20-22) Barton 13-3 (6)
G4 4:00 - Garden City (21-32) def (12-36) Colby 7-4

Sunday, May 4
G5 10AM - #7 Butler (32-7) def (46-10) Seward County 8-3
G6 12:00 - Barton (21-23) def (22-32) Garden City 9-8
G7 2:00 - Seward County (46-11) def (22-23) Barton 5-2
G8 4:00 - #7 Butler (33-7) def (47-11) Seward County 15-4

#7 Butler (34-7) Advances to District E Championship - May 8-9

NJCAA Division II District D Softball Tournament

Sat/Sun. Apr. 26-27 (Best 2 of 3 Series) at Higher Seeds
#7 Johnson County (31-6) def (6-40) Allen 5-0, 5-1
Coffeyville (25-35) def (25-23) (8) Dodge City 10-3, 11-8
Labette (29-16) def (14-34) Brown Mackie 11-0 (5), 5-4
Cowley (37-11) def (11-26) Hesston 22-1 (5), 9-0 (5)

Sat. May 3 at Hummer Sports Park
10AM - Coffeyville (25-35) def (31-6) #7 Johnson County 6-3 (8)
10AM - Cowley (37-11) def (30-17) Labette 2-0
2PM - Labette (30-18) def (31-7) #7 Johnson County 3-1
2PM - Coffeyville (26-35) def (38-11) Cowley 2-1

Sun. May 4
10AM - Cowley (38-12) def (31-18) Labette 6-0
12PM - Cowley (39-18) def (27-35) Coffeyville 4-2
2:45 - Cowley (40-10) def (27-36) Coffeyvillle 12-1 - Championship
Cowley (41-10) Advances to NJCAA Tourney for 3rd straight year


NJCAA Division II District E Softball Tournament


Sat/Sun. Apr. 26-27 (Best 2 of 3 Series) at Higher Seeds
#8 Highland (36-8) def (8-45) Fort Scott 9-0 (5), 17-3 (5)
Kansas City KS (31-13) def (18-27) Neosho County 3-1, 4-2
Independence (40-14) def (11-37) Pratt 21-0 (5), 9-0 (5)
Cloud County (29-12) def (18-26) Hutchinson 5-4 (12), 10-8

Sat. May 3 at Hummer Sports Park
12PM - #8 Highland (37-9) def (31-14) Kansas City KS 4-1
12PM - Independence (40-14) def (29-12) Cloud County 9-0
4PM - Kansas City KS (31-15) def (29-13) Cloud County 3-0
4PM - #8 Highland (38-9) def (41-14) Independence 7-5

Sun. May 4
10AM - Independence (41-15) def (32-15) Kansas City KS 6-3
12PM - #8 Highland (39-9) def (42-15) Independence 6-3 - Championship
#8 Highland (40-9) Avances to NJCAA Tourney for 5th straight year



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