After an extended season that noticed it run up a 30-5 document, Daviess County softball is again within the spot it sought after to be because it performed within the closing highschool sport of the season closing June.
The Lady Panthers get started the KHSAA State Softball Tournament towards Estill County at 1 p.m. CT Saturday at John Cropp Stadium at the University of Kentucky campus.
They completed the 2021 season within the state championship sport, falling to Butler 13-2. DC has been ranked within the most sensible 5 – 6 groups in Kentucky all season lengthy.
Instead of turning this season right into a venture of having again to that state tourney, trainer John Biggs and DC followed a game- by-game way that stored the workforce within the second for lots of the season.
“We try to keep it real simple,” Biggs mentioned. “We want kids in our program to get better, if you keep getting better, we keep getting better, we have a possibility of achieving some things. Having a veteran team helps keep everything in perspective. They understand this is a grind.
“Go back to the second game of the year, when McCracken beat us 8-0, there was no panic button. We came out the next day and won two games. Keeping that even keel, and keeping that focus is what’s enabled us to sustain this over the long haul.”
The Lady Panthers had been 12-2 in May, they usually earned certainly one of their hardest wins of the season closing Monday, then they beat Owensboro Catholic 6-3 within the third Region championship sport. That contest actually went right down to the closing pitch, a known as 3rd strike for the 3rd out towards Catholic within the backside of the 7th with the bases loaded.
“I know I felt pressure all throughout the game, Raylee (Roby) felt pressure, we kind of had to overcome a lot of adversity through the game, which we haven’t had to do throughout the season,” mentioned Millie Roberts, DC’s senior catcher.
“We were all really focused on that region championship game before we moved on to state. We had to focus on that game (Catholic) and getting past that before we looked to anything else. We all kind of took a deep breath after that.”
Now, the only real center of attention is on Estill County, which DC has to overcome to transport onto a possible quarterfinal matchup with No. 1 Ballard subsequent Friday, assuming Ballard wins its first spherical sport with Johnson Central on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT.
Roberts thinks that DC having a senior magnificence with 8 gamers in it has helped with management general this season.
“It’s super important to have upperclassmen who’ve been in situations you’re trying to take your team through,” Roberts mentioned. “We’ve been in the state tournament, we’re not going to be as nervous as we were last year, we’re kind of veterans of the situation. It’s going to be really interesting to see what happens. It’s going to be a dogfight, especially in our bracket.”
Jessie Daniels is a junior first baseman who has led the Lady Panthers in hitting lots of the season. Daniels has a .475 batting moderate with 14 house runs and 37 RBIs. Roberts is subsequent with a .382 moderate. Katie Mewes has a .378 batting moderate.
The Lady Panthers were led within the circle via Roby, who has been super lots of the season with a 1.40 ERA and 232 strikeouts.
“All year our circle has been pretty consistent, our defense has been pretty consistent,” Biggs mentioned. “When one portion of the lineup is not hitting, the other portion seems to find a way to get on and produce.”
Looking for his or her pitches to hit can be giant for the Lady Panthers towards Estill County, the 14th Region champion which brings a 22-11 document into the state match. Estill has a glass in Emma Winkle who DC has been finding out this week. Winkle has a 1.06 ERA with 232 strikeouts. Winkle has pitched 5 immediately shutouts within the postseason.
“The key for us is going to be at the plate, being patient,” Biggs mentioned. “Their pitcher, she has not been scored on once since the tournaments started. She’s going to want us to chase balls, we’re going to have to look for pitches in the zone, barrel those up. She want to get ahead in the count, when she can get ahead she’s wanting to make you chase.”
Lauren Farmer has a .504 batting moderate to guide Estill, in conjunction with 59 RBIs and 6 house runs. Katie Johnson has a .476 batting moderate. Winkle has a .440 batting moderate.