PIERCE - West Point Guardian Angels grabbed its ninth consecutive trip to the Class C Nebraska State Softball Tournament next week with a 9-5 win over Albion-Boone Central here Saturday afternoon.

Back-to-back homeruns early in the game kick-started the Bluejays then Erin Franzluebbers took the ball in the circle and shut down the Cardinals for the victory.

“We knew they would be hard to beat – they were on a roll,” Alan Kreikemeier said. “It was great to get out of here with a win and now we’ll head to Hastings and see what we can get done.”

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