ALLIANCE — The second-seeded Lakeview Bulldogs knew full well what they were getting Thursday.
Third-seeded West Branch showed what it could do early and often in Thursday’s Division II Alliance District softball semifinal.
The Warriors scored four times in the top of the second inning and made quick work of the Bulldogs in a 7-2 victory.
West Branch (23-4) plays fourth-seeded Marlington in today’s final at 5 p.m., back at Alliance. The Dukes beat top-seeded Hubbard, 5-2, in the other semifinal. The two Northeastern Buckeye Conference teams upended the two All-American Conference White Tier teams.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.