For the second time in three years, the Marceline Lady Tigers are in Springfield in search of their first-ever softball state title. In order to get a crack at the Class 2 State Championship, Marceline must first get by the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats in a semifinal matchup on Friday. Marceline coach Todd Lowther says the girls are hungry for a state title after finishing third in 2019.
The Lady Tigers punched their ticket to Springfield with a 3-1 win over Clark County in the quarterfinals. They were led in that contest by Ireland Bloss who went 2-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Lowther says they will need to do the little things right in order to be successful in Springfield.
While Marceline comes into the semifinal round with a 26-3-1 record and are ranked third in Class 2, New Bloomfield comes in as a bit of an upstart. The Lady Wildcats come in with a modest 16-9 record and had to survive a back-and-forth quarterfinal game against Elsberry. New Bloomfield coach Dara Reinkemeyer says they’re coming into the state finals with a relaxed mindset.
The Lady Wildcats are making their first appearance in the softball state finals since a third-place finish in 1996. Reinkemeyer says they know they’ll be facing a tough test from Marceline.
Sherwood and Iberia will compete in the other Class 2 Semifinal on Friday. We’ll have coverage of the Marceline and New Bloomfield game on 99.9 KIRK and centralmoinfo.com beginning with pregame at 6:45. Colin Schowe will have the play-by-play.