May 04, 2021 12:16 PM

Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State qualify for MIAA softball tournament

Posted May 04, 2021 12:16 PM

St. Joseph Post 

The MIAA released the bracket for the 2021 MIAA Softball Tournament Monday. Missouri Western is the No. 6 seed and will play No. 3 seed Missouri Southern in the quarterfinals in Joplin on Friday.

Eight teams made the tournament this season and the quarterfinals are a best-of-three series hosted by the higher seed on campus sites that begin Friday.

The Griffons just wrapped up their regular season against Missouri Southern and lost 4-3 and 3-2 on Saturday in Joplin.

Missouri Western is 27-17 this season and they finished 16-10 in the MIAA. The best-of-three series against Missouri Southern will begin with a doubleheader Friday and the first pitch of game one is set for 3:00 p.m. Game three, if necessary, is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Northwest (18-20) plays No. 1 seed Central Oklahoma in Edmond on Friday with a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.

Game three, if needed, is Saturday at 2 p.m.

The winner of each quarterfinal series will advance to the MIAA semifinals in Edmond, Oklahoma. That will be a double elimination tournament starting May 13.

1. Central Oklahoma vs. 8. Northwest Missouri State
2. Central Missouri vs. 7. Washburn
3. Missouri Southern vs. 6. Missouri Western
4. Rogers State vs. 5. Fort Hays State