Trojans clinch second straight CVAC title

The Bandys softball team honored three seniors on Wednesday in the best possible way — 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 — Katie Carpenter, Kailee Punch and Kelsey Clark.

“Before we started this game, I showed them a picture of when they were 9 years old on a travel team,” said Trojans coach Mike Carpenter. “It was right after we won our first tournament. It brought back memories because all three of them were on that team.”

After the game got started, Taylor Sigmon impressed from the moundby pitching a two-hitter against the Bears (6-8).

“I will take a two-hittter all day long with our defense,” coach Carpenter said. “I’m proud of them. Taylor pitched strong. She hit her spots.”

Six Lady Trojans drove in RBIs in Wednesday’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.

“We’ve been struggling at the plate the last few weeks,” coach Carpenter said. “I haven’t been pleased. We have good practices, but we don’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.”

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.

“When I filling my jar with the dirt, I was thinking how crazy this is,” Punch said. “It feels like we just got here. It is sad.”

Clark said the game is one she will never forget.

“This game meant a lot to me because it is our last conference game together,” Clark said. “It will always be special for me.”

Katie Carpenter said the bond between the three softball players is what made their night so special.

“We’ve been together since we were nine,” Katie said. “We won our first state championship together when we were little. We have just grown up together. We love the team and each other. It’s hard to leave each other.”

Despite the win, Punch said her team has to continue to work hard and carry the momentum into the postseason.

“We have to focus now more than we ever have,” Punch said. “This is the last shot that the seniors have. So we need to take it as far as we can.”