The Maniacs won the 2A District I-II Softball tournament Thursday, May 9, in Orofino, qualifying them for State with a 13-9 win over the St. Maries Lumberjacks in the championship game. This was the Lady Maniacs sixth time in eight years for accomplishing this feat.
But, it was not without trouble. Senior, Hayley Bretz, broke her leg sliding into second base during the fifth inning. Bretz went 3-for-3 with four RBI. Following her third hit, she went to slide into second and rolled her ankle.
Coach Justin Haag told the Lewiston Tribune, “She was all over the place defensively and came up with some huge hits,” he said. “All season long, she’s been the reason we’re making it to State. It’s a bummer she doesn’t get to play, but we’ll be taking her with us.”
Haag said Bretz’s injury won’t prevent her from fulfilling her commitment to play volleyball for Walla Walla Community College in the fall.
“She asked (the doctors) when it’ll be better and they said end of July, so she’s still going to be able to play volleyball in college, and we’re very excited for her,” Haag said.
Haag noted this was Bretz’s first season of softball. “She’s a senior and we talked her into playing this year. She’d never played before. She’s played volleyball and basketball and is just awesome at everything and is an even better kid than she is a player.”
State begins Friday in Moscow, with Orofino playing at 9 a.m. against Malad.