The Norfolk High softball team has reached the State Tournament for the first time since 2006! The Lady Panthers survived three elimination games, concluding it with a 13-2 rout of Omaha Marian in the ‘if necessary’ game. Taylor Schmidt went 3-3 with two doubles and Emerson Waldow & Ava Borgman had two hits apiece to lead the eleven-hit attack. Kierstyn Linn was the winning pitcher in the four inning victory.
Norfolk rallied past Omaha Marian in the first championship game 4-3 on a Miley Wichman two-run walk-off homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game. The Lady Panthers opened the day with a 9-1 loss to Omaha Marian before routing Lincoln Southeast 10-2 to earn the right to play Marian again. They are now 28-14 on the season.