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GPAC Softball Tourney Opens Wednesday

GPAC LogoSioux City, Iowa – The two brackets for the 2016 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Postseason Softball Tournaments are set. Top seed, and regular season champion, Morningside will serve as one bracket host (1,4,5,8 seeds), while second seed Doane will be the other bracket host (2,3,6,7 seeds) for the two four-team tournaments. This is the second year that the GPAC is using the current format for the postseason.

Tournament play will open on Wednesday, May 4, at both bracket locations. In Sioux City, Iowa, the Morningside Bracket will host Hastings, Concordia and Midland. In Crete, Nebraska, the Doane Bracket will host Dakota Wesleyan, Dordt and Nebraska Wesleyan. Play will continue, including bracket championship games, on Thursday, May 5. The Morningside and Doane bracket winners will meet on Saturday, May 7, at the highest remaining seed in the GPAC Softball Tournament Championship Series. The final series will be a best two out of three format.

Morningside has secured the league’s first berth to the NAIA Opening Round, while the GPAC Tournament Champion will receive the second berth. If the Mustangs win the GPAC Tournament then the tournament runner-up will receive the second GPAC berth to the NAIA Opening Round. The two brackets will be double elimination.
2016 GPAC Softball Tournament Brackets

Morningside Bracket
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Game #1 – (4) Hastings (35-19, 12-10) vs. (5) Concordia (29-16, 10-10) – 10 am
Game #2 – (1) Morningside (39-8, 18-3) vs. (8) Midland (22-27, 10-12) – Noon
Game #3 – Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2 – 2 pm
Game #4 – Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2 – 4 pm

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Game #5 – Winner Game #4 vs. Loser Game #3 – Noon
Game #6 – Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #5 – 2 pm
Game #7 – If necessary (Game #6 winner/loser) – 4 pm

Doane Bracket
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Game #1 – (3) Dakota Wesleyan (32-20, 15-7) vs. (6) Dordt (24-20, 10-10) – 10 am
Game #2 – (2) Doane (28-12, 17-4) vs. (7) Nebraska Wesleyan (18-17, 10-12) – Noon
Game #3 – Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2 – 2 pm
Game #4 – Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2 – 4 pm

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Game #5 – Winner Game #4 vs. Loser Game #3 – Noon
Game #6 – Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #5 – 2 pm
Game #7 – If necessary (Game #6 winner/loser) – 4 pm

GPAC Softball Tournament Championship Series – Saturday, May 7, 2016
Morningside Bracket Winner vs. Doane Bracket Winner (at highest seed) – (Best 2 of 3 Format)
11am (Game 1), 1pm (Game 2), 5pm (Game 3, if needed)

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