It was another successful year of softball at DeKalb. On October 9 the Lady Tigers and the Maysville Lady Wolverines went head-to-head for the district championship. The Lady Wolverines won in a nail-biter 2-1.
This was the second year in a row the Lady Tigers competed at districts. This was also the second year in a row where the ladies lost only by one run. Last year Maysville beat DeKalb 8-7 in the district game.
Head Coach Aaron Matthews thought the game went great, even though it didn’t go as everyone expected.
“We just need to work on judgment and fundamentals when fielding the ball,” Matthews said.
Senior Morgan Parsons agreed and said that there was only one thing that they really needed in order to get the win.
“We needed a big hit to drive in runners,” Parsons said.
All the ladies agreed that they needed that one thing.
“Just get better hits,” junior Rian Goddard said.
Junior Averyl Crouse pitched for most of the game.
“Averyl handled the pressure really well back to back district title games,” Matthews said.
Looking towards next year, the Lady Tigers hope to have another year of success.
“It will go good because of a lot of eighth graders coming up,” Goddard said.
Goddard will be a senior with many of the other ladies on the team. The Lady Tigers are hoping to advance and not have any more nail-biters.
The Lady Tigers are losing three seniors and they are Parsons, Averi Black, and Elizabeth Gunter. While two have played their last game at DeKalb, one in particular is planning on going to college on a softball scholarship. Parsons plans to attend college for softball, but her high school team will always be missed.
“I plan to go to Southeast Community College in Nebraska, but I’ll really miss the atmosphere and everyone being close here,” Parsons said.