WEST BRANCH — A big first inning for hosting West Branch put the Calamus-Wheatland softball team in an early hole.
And the Warriors were unable to climb out of it in Friday’s regular season finale.
The Bears sent 11 batters to the plate in the opening frame and erupted for six runs to kick-start an eventual 10-0 victory.
Cal-Wheat put runners in scoring position in both the second and third innings — Alison Boeckmann was hit by a pitch and Taylor Jacobsen walked in the second, while Grace Elvert doubled in the third — but could not get to West Branch pitcher Kaiya Luneckas, who ranks seventh in Class 2A in strikeouts.
The Warriors, who hosted GMG (Garwin) Monday night in the first round of regional action, wrapped up their regular season with a 16-20 mark, including a 11-13 record in Tri-Rivers Conference play.