THOMPSON, N.D. -- Macy Jordheim's leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Matt Chandler reason for hope.
After all, Chandler's Thompson team had made a habit out of last-inning heroics in the North Dakota Class B East Region high school softball tournament.
"That crossed my mind, no doubt. Can we do it again?'' Chandler said. "Nothing surprises me with this group. There's no quit in them.
"But we ran out of mojo tonight.''
Thompson scratched across one run in the seventh. That wasn't enough, as Central Cass handed the Tommies an 8-4 defeat in the title game of the region tournament.
Thompson advanced to the championship game with walk-off runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in victories in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. "But you don't want to leave it to that situation against these guys,'' Chandler said.
Central Cass never trailed after scoring three unearned runs in the top of the second. Greta Gibson had the big hit of the inning, slapping an RBI single up the middle.
Gibson hits in the Squirrels' No. 9 spot. An inning later, clean-up hitter Isabelle Linnard doubled in a run and Lexi Buhr in the No. 6 spot in the order drove in a run.
That's how the game went for Squirrels, with production from almost every spot in the lineup. Central Cass had 15 hits; seven starters had at least one, including three each by Linnard and Gibson. Central Cass had two or more baserunners in each of the final six innings.
"We've had contributions from all over the lineup all year,'' Central Cass coach Scott Kost said. "With our deep lineup, we don't give away many easy innings.
"We do get runners on base. We left too many on today. But we had some clutch hits, we had some pretty good defensive plays and our pitchers did a great job keeping Thompson in check.''
The Squirrels left 12 runners on base.
"They were geared up to hit,'' Chandler said. "Their lineup is solid, one through nine. They never take the pressure off teams.''
Thompson showed some power. Lauren Cunningham had a double and a home run, while Jordheim, Cassie Nistler and Ashley Warcken each hit doubles. But Thompson totaled only six hits in the game.
Central Cass improved to 20-1, while Thompson takes a 15-4 record to next week's Class B state tournament.
Hillsboro-Central Valley and Kindred-Richland also advanced to the state tournament with wins in the loser-out, state-qualifier round.