Varsity Kansas

6A softball: Northwest falls in semifinals, finishes third

LAWRENCE — The late-inning magic that helped pushed the Wichita Northwest softball team into the Class 6A semifinals did not resurface on Friday when the Grizzlies played No. 2-seed Olathe Northwest.

Part of the reason is because the late innings did not arrive.

Olathe Northwest clinched a spot in the title game with its 12-0 mercy-rule victory over Wichita Northwest at Rock Chalk Park.

The Grizzlies finished third by default after Kansas State High School Activities Association officials decided to cancel the third-place game due to a 5-hour, 11-minute rain delay before action started on Friday. They finished the season with a 19-5 record.

Olathe Northwest advanced to play No. 1 seed Olathe South but lost in the championship.

Olathe Northwest raced out to a 7-0 lead after the first inning, buoyed by catcher Reagan Hathaway’s three-run home run. The Ravens added three more runs in the second, and another two in the third for insurance.

Two Olathe Northwest pitchers, Aubree Herrin and Natalie Hamm, combined to shutout Wichita Northwest, allowing just one hit and striking out four on the afternoon. Ravens hitters, meanwhile, racked up 13 hits.

Wichita NW 000 00 0 1 2
Olathe NW 732 0x 12 13 1

W — Herrin. L — Jennings. HR — Olathe Northwest, Hathaway.