Margie Riley McVay
For the first time since the program began in 2009 the East Marion softball team is heading to the playoffs.
The Lady Eagles (11-10, 4-4) sealed their fate with a doubleheader sweep on the road April 12 over Sacred Heart and lifted a burden off the players.
While it wasn’t set in stone at the time, the Columbia Lady Wildcats (11-8, 5-3) took over second place in the Region 8 standings last Thursday with a 9-4 home win over West Marion (10-5, 5-3), who dropped to third.
Columbia Academy (12-14, 7-2) concluded its regular season playing four games in the past week but likely didn’t do enough to secure a district title.
In the first game of a three-game series April 10, the Cougars couldn’t muster enough offense to come back late in a 7-5 loss to Wayne Academy.
April 3: Columbia-5 West Marion-4
April 4: Columbia-5 West Marion-4 (9)