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Where we Stand - Class 6A Softball - April 22

Brace yourself, softball fans, because the Earth may shake on May 4, when two teams who have each lost once, and who represent schools which are rivals in every sport and activity imaginable, meet up in Garden City.

That's the date when the Western Athletic Conference could potentially settle its 2021 softball champion, when Dodge City (7-1) and Garden City (5-1) open their three-game series with a twinbill on the Buffaloes' home field.

Both teams can light up the scoreboard, and keep the opposing bats quiet. While the Red Demons average 10.9 runs a game, while allowing just shy of four runs a contest, the Buffaloes have been a tad better, averaging 15 runs a game while allowing 3.83 runs per outing.

Garden City has plenty of work to do before their collision with their rival just 45 minutes to the East. GC will start a three-game series with a doubleheader at Liberal (4-5) tonight, and will wrap up the set at home on Monday. Tuesday presents a different challenge - the third game in the series with Hays, who holds the lone win over the Buffs this season to date, and the start of a three-game set with great Bend, who handed Dodge its only loss so far this season.

Liberal, however, will be no pushover. After opening the season with a doubleheader sweep of Ulysses, the Redskins lost five in a row, but bounced back with a sweep of two with Sublette-Haskell County.

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