On Wed., Oct. 12 the KHS softball team took off for Hastings to play their first game against Millard South in the 2016 NSAA State Softball Tournament. With the recent wins of GNAC and their district tournament, the Lady Cats were on a winning streak and were ready to take on state. Yet, when they arrived it was cold, the game had been pushed back an hour, and they seemed a little slower than normal. A fan from the stands could tell during the warm-ups that the Cats did not look as prepared as the opposing team, the Patriots.
The Patriots came out strong against the bearcats with a home run from their leadoff hitter. Throughout the game they hit four home runs, the equivalent of the cats’ final score. The game was brutal with the patriots dominating the cats from the very beginning and eventually run ruling them 4-12 in the fifth inning. It was a rough way to start the state tournament, but the cats rebounded with a win against Millard West the next day.
The game was close, but the Bearcats pulled through with a 3-4 win. This was the highlight of the 2016 Lady Bearcats’ state tournament and the KHS softball program as a whole with the only state win the program’s history!
Their next game was just as much of a nail bitter as the Millard West game. The Lady Cats played Millard North and battled hard with a loss of 3-4. The tournament was double elimination, so this was the final game for the KHS 2016-17 softball team. The girls had a tremendous season with a winning record and two major tournament wins. The seniors will graduate with the pride of the first ever state win in KHS softball history. This season will be a proud memory for KHS for many years to come.