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The Bandys softball team honored three seniors on Wednesday in the best possible way â€” winning.
The Lady Trojans (13-1) shutout Bunker Hill on Wednesday, and in the process, clinched their second straight CVAC title.
Before the game, the team honored its seniors â€” Katie Carpenter, Kailee Punch and Kelsey Clark.
â€śBefore we started this game, I showed them a picture of when they were 9 years old on a travel team,â€ť said Trojans coach Mike Carpenter. â€śIt was right after we won our first tournament. It brought back memories because all three of them were on that team.â€ť
After the game got started, Taylor Sigmon impressed from the moundby pitching a two-hitter against the Bears (6-8).
â€śI will take a two-hittter all day long with our defense,â€ť coach Carpenter said. â€śIâ€™m proud of them. Taylor pitched strong. She hit her spots.â€ť
Six Lady Trojans drove in RBIs in Wednesdayâ€™s game. Leading the way was Rachel Cox, who had two of those.
Brittni Pemleton, Scarlett Harris, Ayla Acosta, Sigmon and Punch each had one RBI.
â€śWeâ€™ve been struggling at the plate the last few weeks,â€ť coach Carpenter said. â€śI havenâ€™t been pleased. We have good practices, but we donâ€™t hit the balls in the holes during the game. It was refreshing to see us put the ball in play and get a few breaks. It is good to go into conference playoffs on a positive note.â€ť
After the game was over, the players celebrated by dousing coach Carpenter with water.
The seniors celebrated in a different way by filling small jars with dirt from the areas where they stood on the field.
For Punch, the moment brought was emotional.
â€śWhen I filling my jar with the dirt, I was thinking how crazy this is,â€ť Punch said. â€śIt feels like we just got here. It is sad.â€ť
Clark said the game is one she will never forget.
â€śThis game meant a lot to me because it is our last conference game together,â€ť Clark said. â€śIt will always be special for me.â€ť
Katie Carpenter said the bond between the three softball players is what made their night so special.
â€śWeâ€™ve been together since we were nine,â€ť Katie said. â€śWe won our first state championship together when we were little. We have just grown up together. We love the team and each other. Itâ€™s hard to leave each other.â€ť
Despite the win, Punch said her team has to continue to work hard and carry the momentum into the postseason.
â€śWe have to focus now more than we ever have,â€ť Punch said. â€śThis is the last shot that the seniors have. So we need to take it as far as we can.â€ťView more articles in: