Coaches often say district tournaments are like the beginning of a new season. Unfortunately for many teams, these seasons will last only one game.
Six softball teams, including Hickman and Rock Bridge, will compete today and Friday for the Class 4 District 10 championship. The single-elimination tournament is at Ber-Juan Sports Complex in Rolla.
If the Bruins and Kewpies win their first two games, they will advance to the championship game at 4 p.m. Friday.
Bruins hope to keep momentum from last two wins
Hickman and Rock Bridge enter postseason play heading in opposite directions. The Bruins (9-11) have won their past two games, and coach Jennifer Mast said she hopes her team can carry that momentum into the tournament.
“It would be nice to keep that streak going because if you don’t keep it going you’re done,” she said. “We’re playing pretty well right now, but we’re certainly not unbeatable.”
Kewpies need more runs
The Kewpies (7-17) have struggled offensively all season and have lost eight of their past nine. Coach Courtney Diehl said her team must score more runs if it wants to advance.
“We cannot win a game if we score one run,” she said. “If we play like we played the first game of the season, we’re unstoppable. If the team from both of our tournaments shows up, it’s not going to happen.”
First-round games start today
Hickman and Rock Bridge play their first-round games at 4 p.m. today.
Rock Bridge opens against No. 8 Camdenton. If the No. 3 Bruins defeat the Lakers, they will play Jefferson City, the No. 2 seed and defending champion, at 6 p.m. today.
The Jays (13-11) defeated Rock Bridge 10-3 on Sept. 4. Jefferson City and top seed Helias (22-2) get byes into the second round.
“We don’t know many specifics about (Camdenton),” Mast said. “(Jefferson City) is a very young team. They had a very senior-heavy team last year, but having said that, they’re still Jeff City. They are always ready for districts and they always seem to find a way to win. They’ll be very prepared even with their youth.”
No. 5 Hickman’s first game is against No. 4 Rolla. The Kewpies defeated the Bulldogs 6-5 on Oct. 2 in Rolla. Should the Kewpies advance, they will face Helias at 6 p.m.
“(Rolla) hits the ball well,” Diehl said. “They’re pretty feisty, and they’re not going to give up. We beat them, so you know they’re going to be gunning for us.”