HASTINGS, Neb. — Local softball fans can listen to Hastings High and Hastings St. Cecilia play in the state softball tournament on KHAS Radio 1230 AM/104.1 FM.

Hastings High (22-9) enters the Class B state tournament after taking care of Bennington 12-4 and 16-2 in district final games. The Tigers are the #4 seed and will play #5 Beatrice (18-7) at 2:00 Wednesday on Field #4 at the Smith Softball Complex. 

This trip to state continues what has been an impressive stretch of softball played by the Tigers in recent season. Hastings qualified for state seven straight seasons from 2015-2021 before missing out last year. The Tigers were state runners up in 2020 and 2021, losing to undefeated Omaha Skutt both years. 

Hastings High is led by pitcher Brooke Ochsner. The sophomore is 12-2 with a 3.70 ERA. She also leads the team with a .505 batting average and is third on the squad with seven home runs. Junior Grayce Beck and senior Emma Landgren are also hitting above .400 and have combined to blast 17 home runs.

The Tigers played Beatrice in the second game of the season back on August 19. Hastings won that matchup 19-10. Despite both programs being mainstays at the state tournament, they have not squared off at state since 2007.

Hastings St. Cecilia (26-6) enters the Class C tournament following 17-1 and 19-5 victories over Fairbury in district final games. The Hawkettes are the #1 seed and will play #8 Gothenburg (24-10) at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday on Field #1. 

This trip to state marks the fifth straight season Hastings St. Cecilia has qualified for the tournament. The Hawkettes were runners up last season after losing twice to Yutan/Mead in the championship round.

Pitcher Audrey Rossow leads the way for St. Cecilia. The sophomore is 25-5 with a 1.84 ERA. Sophomore Kyler Weidner owns the top batting average at .455, while sophomore Paisley Mangers paces the Hawkettes with 12 home runs.

St. Cecilia hosted Gothenburg on September 19th and beat the Swedes 4-3. Gothenburg has won eight straight games. This is the Swedes’ first state tournament appearance since 2014.

The state softball tournament uses a double-elimination format. All teams are guaranteed to play on both Wednesday and Thursday. The first three days of the tournament are in Hastings. The championship games for each class will be played on Monday at Claussen Field at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.