World-Herald softball writer Steve Beideck breaks down the Class C teams in the Nebraska high school state softball tournament.

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Fairbury

Coach: Taylor Biehl

Record and W-H rating: 24-4, 1st

Leading hitters: Raven DeFrain, .500; Jaelle Johnson, .488; Cora DeBoer, .419; Jami Mans, .415.

Leading pitcher: Jami Mans, 23-3, 2.18.

State appearance: 7th (runner-up, 2003).

West Point GACC

Coach: Allan Kreikemeier

Record and W-H rating: 25-3, 3rd

Leading hitters: Marissa Hunke, .507; Brenna Rief, .451; Kate Gnad, .390; Jenna Schinstock, .386.

Leading pitchers: Erin Franzluebber, 10-2, 2.01; Brooke Meister, 9-1, 1.62.

State appearance: 9th (champion, 2014; runner-up, 2012).

Hastings St. Cecilia

Coach: Ryan Ohnoutka

Record and W-H rating: 25-7, 2nd

Leading hitters: Natalie Kissinger, .614; Shaye Butler, .505; Bailey Kissinger, .480; Mackenzie Demuth, .446; Kiersten Kober, .442.

Leading pitcher: Natalie Kissinger, 21-6, 2.07.

State appearance: 1st.

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Cozad

Coach: Ashley Ford

Record and W-H rating: 23-7, 5th

Leading hitter: Emma Coen, .447; Haley Cargill, .377; Reagan Armagost, .371.

Leading pitcher: Reagan Armagost, 17-4, 3.32.

State appearance: 15th (champion, 2001, 2002; runner-up, B-1999, 2016).

Kearney Catholic

Coach: Russ Hiemstra

Record and W-H rating: 23-7, 6th

Leading hitters: Krista Lee, .485; Sydney Owen, .433; Payton Schirmer, .409; Olivia Nore, .406; Bralen Biddlecome, .403.

Leading pitchers: Bailey Luedke, 15-4, 4.46; Bralen Biddlecome, 8-3, 4.36.

State appearance: 1st.

Arlington

Coach: Janelle Lorsch

Record and W-H rating: 21-6, 4th

Leading hitters: Jaidyn Spoon, .513; Kylee Bruning, .473; Cadence Robinson, .440; Emma Smailys, .419; Sarah Theiler, .412.

Leading pitcher: Sarah Theiler, 17-6, 3.36.

State appearance: 5th (champion, 2012).

Auburn

Coach: Grant Cole

Record and W-H rating: 21-6, 7th

Leading hitters: Kylie Allen, .571; Jaeleigh Heck, .500; Leah Grant, .467; Macy Rieschick, .457.

Leading pitchers: Kylie Allen, 11-3, 2.43; Macy Rieschick, 9-0, 2.02.

State appearance: 4th.

Malcolm

Coach: Andrew Edwards

Record and W-H rating: 20-10, 8th

Leading hitters: Anna Schroeder, .485; Taylor Glause, .464; Hailey Wessel, .438; Jordyn Virus, .409.

Leading pitchers: No statistics available.

State appearance: 3rd (champion, 2016; runner-up, 2017).

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