Advancing to the Class 6A regional softball championship game Friday afternoon, the Dodge City High School Lady Demons had the Hurculean task of taking on top-ranked and top-seeded Wichita Northwest for the right to advance to the state tournament.

    The Lady Demons, who rallied to beat Derby 3-2 in semifinal action earlier in the day, fell to Northwest 9-0.

    While Northwest (21-1) moves on to the state tournament as the heavy favorite next weekend, Dodge City closes its season at 11-11.


Advancing to the Class 6A regional softball championship game Friday afternoon, the Dodge City High School Lady Demons had the Hurculean task of taking on top-ranked and top-seeded Wichita Northwest for the right to advance to the state tournament.
    The Lady Demons, who rallied to beat Derby 3-2 in semifinal action earlier in the day, fell to Northwest 9-0.
    While Northwest (21-1) moves on to the state tournament as the heavy favorite next weekend, Dodge City closes its season at 11-11.
    “It was a great feeling,” DCHS head coach Heather Steiner said of her team coming one win from advancing to state play. We know Derby was going to be a great team, and our girls gave themselves, an opporunity to go to the state tournament, so that was exciting.”
    In the semifinal win, Meghan Lee hit a two-run single and Kylie Newton added an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning for a 3-1 edge, helping rally the Lady Demons from a 1-0 deficit.
    Derby scored a single run in the sixth, but the Demons held on for the win.
    Right-hander Tiffany Flax (6-5) fired a four-hitter.
     “She pitched really well and hit her spots, kept the ball low and had the defense behind her,” Steiner said of Flax.
    “We knew it was going to be a tough day for us. I am very happy the way we played today. Both of our pitchers played well today.”
    The Demons managed only three hits in the 9-0 title-game loss to Northwest — singles by Valerie Ortiz, Codi Ehrlich and Lee.
    Left-hander Carly Richardson (5-6) took the loss for the Demons.
    Northwest ousted Wichita Southeast, 15-0, in the regional lid-lifter.