North Platte High pitcher Tatum Montelongo kept the Bulldogs in the game against undefeated Papillion-LaVista on Thursday in the state tournament.
But the Bulldogs couldn’t get anything going against Monarch pitcher Jordyn Bahl, who threw a perfect game in the Monarchs’ 3-0 win.
NPHS (31-10) will play Lincoln Southwest (35-8) at 11:30 a.m. Friday for the right to play Papillion-LaVista (35-0) for the state championship. Should the Bulldogs win against Southwest for the second time at state, they would have to beat Papillion-LaVista twice on Friday to win the state title.
The Monarchs scored their first run in the second inning. The game stayed 1-0 until the sixth, when Papillion-LaVista scored two runs to give them some insurance.
Bahl, a senior who is committed to the University of Oklahoma, struck out 15 batters.
Montelongo struck out six on her end in the losing effort.