Sub-Region 3 tournament kicks off at the South Hill Softball Complex

Stanley junior Alyssa Ruden (10) watches on as freshman teammate Piper Mann (middle) tags a runner during the Blue Jays’ 17-2 loss to Ray on Monday in the opening round of the Sub-Region 3 tournament at the South Hill Softball Complex. Justin Martinez/MDN

The first day of the Sub-Region 3 softball tournament kicked off on Monday, as eight teams began their journey to the coveted title at the South Hill Softball Complex.

The top two seeds handled business in the opening round, as No. 1-seeded Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark defeated No. 8-seeded Divide County by a score of 25-0. No. 2-seeded Bishop Ryan followed suit, besting No. 7-seeded Glenburn by a convincing score of 21-0.

Both the Maroons and the Panthers saw their seasons end in the following loser-out rounds as they fell to No. 4-seeded Stanley and No. 6-seeded Westhope/Newburg, respectively.

It was more of the same in the semifinals, as the Lakers and Lions continued to roll. DLBLC cruised to a 17-0 win over No. 5-seeded Ray, and Ryan overcame a 5-3 deficit to defeat No. 3-seeded Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood/Kenmare/Bowbells by a score of 9-5.

Having both already qualified for the region tournament, DLBLC and Ryan will duke it out today at 6 p.m. in the championship.

Bishop Ryan Senior Hannah Klein (1) crosses home plate on Monday during the Lions’ 21-0 win over Glenburn in the opening round of the Sub-Region 3 tournament at the South Hill Softball Complex. Justin Martinez/MDN

Before that game begins, MLSKB will face Stanley at 4 p.m. in a region qualifier. Ray will also play Westhope/Newburg at 4 p.m. with the final region tournament spot up for grabs.

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Stanley junior Alyssa Ruden (10) watches on as freshman teammate Piper Mann (middle) tags a runner during the Blue Jays’ 17-2 loss to Ray on Monday in the opening round of the Sub-Region 3 tournament at the South Hill Softball Complex. Justin Martinez/MDN

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