North Platte softball has their magical season come to an end with loss in State Championship

Bulldogs made first appearance in championship game in 23 years
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 10:52 PM CDT
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The North Platte Bulldogs softball team saw their magical season come to an end on Friday, with a loss against Papillion-La Vista in the Class A State Championship game. The Monarchs won in a 12-0, three inning mercy rule, for their second consecutive state title.

Despite the disappointing loss, Bulldogs head coach Jeff Barner praised his team for their incredible season.

“I’m so incredibly proud of these girls, they played really hard this year, we did some amazing things," said Barner. The Bulldogs hit 71 home runs this year as a team, which was among the highest in the state for Class A teams. Barner believes this was one of the best teams North Platte has ever had.

“This may be one of the best teams to come through North Platte, if not the best,” said Barner.

The head coach also praised the parents and fans who supported the team all season long and who made the drive to Hastings to watch the team play.

“One of the reasons we love playing at home is because we have great support and they followed us right here to Hastings. That’s one of the reasons softball is so great and so loved in North Platte is the passion everyone has for it, from the players to the fans.”

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