PAPILLION, Neb. — Papillion-LaVista claimed the gold bracket and match title over the weekend on the second annual NFCA Kaiti Williams Memorial Leadoff Traditional hosted by Papillion-LaVista South and Millard North Excessive Colleges on the Papillion Touchdown Softball Advanced.
The (8-3) Monarchs knocked off defending champion Gretna, 7-5, in Saturday’s remaining. It was the primary lack of the season for the (12-1) Dragons, who’re the No. 2-ranked workforce in the latest NFCA Summer time/Fall Excessive College High 25 Coaches Ballot.
Papillion-LaVista was an ideal 5-0 on the occasion, defeating Colorado’s Legend, 3-1, and Gretna East, 10-0, on Friday, earlier than besting host Papillion-LaVista South, 7-3, Missouri’s Rock Bridge, 10-7, and Gretna on Saturday. The Dragons have been 4-0 earlier than falling within the remaining, defeating silver bracket titlist Silo, 5-3, and Lincoln Northeast, 10-0, on Friday, earlier than edging perennial Missouri energy Blue Springs South, 4-3, within the gold semifinals.
Oklahoma’s Silo (16-7) reeled off 4 straight wins after the loss to Gretna, beating Lincoln Northeast, 13-6, on Friday, and Elkhorn South, 4-3 in eight innings, Millard South, 9-1, and Millard West, 5-1, on the ultimate day. In the meantime, Lincoln Pius X (8-3) captured the bronze bracket, going 3-2 on the occasion.
This 12 months’s occasion expanded to 24 groups after a profitable reimagining of a match that had been held for 16 years earlier than being affiliated with the NFCA. It honors the reminiscence of Williams, who starred at Papillion-LaVista South Excessive and went on to a record-setting profession at Division II Wayne State School earlier than dying unexpectedly because of an irregular heartbeat in 2015 at simply 22 years outdated.
Cash raised on the match benefited the Kaiti Williams Memorial Scholarship, which helps feminine graduates of Papillion-LaVista South pursue larger schooling and athletics on the collegiate stage.
Groups performed two pool-play contests every on the primary day to find out the place they would compete on day two. The highest groups in every bracket have been those within the combine for the match championship, whereas the second-place groups vied for silver bracket honors, and third-place finishers met within the bronze bracket.
Different groups within the match have been Blair, Grand Island, Helias Catholic (Mo.), Liberty (Mo.), Lincoln Southeast, Lincoln Southwest, Millard South, Millard West, Omaha Burke, Omaha Westview, Roncalli (Neb.) and Valor Christian (Colo.).