Three softball teams from northeast Indiana found out where the path back to the state finals begin when the IHSAA postseason draw was released Thursday.
Class A No. 1 Lakewood Park, which won the state title last season, plays host to Hamilton in a first-round sectional game.
Huntington North, No. 5 in 4A and last year’s state runner-up, opens Homestead Sectional play against Jay County, while 2A No. 13 Adams Central, which was state runner-up last year, gets Bluffton in the bye game at the Eastside Sectional.
The toughest sectional field in northeast Indiana will be the 3A sectional at Leo.
No. 3 Woodlan plays No. 10 Concordia in a first-round game, and No. 12 Bishop Dwenger will play No. 12 Leo in the bye game.
CARROLL 7, COLUMBIA CITY 6: A four-run fourth and 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief from Grant Inman got the Chargers the win in Columbia City in a key NHC matchup. Inman, Ross Koble and Drue Tranquill combined to go 6 for 11 and drive in five runs at the top of the order for Carroll as it assumed command in the conference.
HERITAGE 10, GARRETT 3: The Patriots clinched the ACAC title with seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings, taking advantage of seven Garrett errors. Andrew Saalfrank pitched a five-hitter and struck out seven and drove in three runs at the plate. Cole Gerardot was 3 for 4 and Wil Knapke went 2 for 4 and scored three runs.
NORTH SIDE 2, CONCORDIA 1: The Redskins scored both its runs in the third inning to edge visiting Concordia. Alex Myers pitched a three-hitter for North, and Tyler Cox and Nate Kaiser each doubled.
CONCORDIA 5, BELLMONT 2: An 11-hit attack and Anna Schillinger’s two-hitter on the hill lifted the Cadets in Decatur. Schillinger, Alex Rosswurm and Allyson Smith each had three hits to lead Concordia, which scored four of its runs in the third inning.
BISHOP DWENGER 7, CARROLL 3: Demitra Burns homered and she and Julie Bazur drove in two runs apiece to lead the Saints at Carroll. Burns also got the win on the mound, scattering six hits.
WOODLAN 8, SOUTHERN WELLS 0: Hannah Robbins’ shutout clinched the ACAC title for the Warriors at Woodlan.
GARRETT 2, HERITAGE 1: Macy Sturges pitched a no-hitter for the Railroaders, who scored both their runs in the fourth.
LEO 9, BLUFFTON 1: A four-run fifth was the big inning for the visiting Lions, who got a five-hitter and 12 strikeouts from Jessica Claxton.
ADAMS CENTRAL 17, SOUTH ADAMS 7: The Flying Jets rapped out 20 hits and scored five runs in the second and seven in the fifth.
HOMESTEAD 160, EAST NOBLE 168: Michael Sharp led everyone with a 37 for East Noble, but Chris Eigner (38), Gunnar Smith (39) and Grant Jagger (41) led the Spartans to the team victory.