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Team of the Week, May 23rd, 2013. Petrolia Softball
This past week the Petrolia softball team had to win two games in a row to advance to their fourth straight regional final in softball. After a 9-to-6 loss the day before, the lady pirates rebounded and won the second game of the series by a score of ten to nothing. They went on to win the deciding game in the series and advance to face Albany in the regional final this weekend.
The Petrolia lady pirates knew what they had to do. Two wins in a row would get them to the regional final for the fourth straight year, but after losing a tough game one. The question was, did they believe they could do it. Chyenne Reese, a senior had been to the regional final 3 years before and said her team was confident. "well we knew had to come out playing strong the next two games and we knew that we could do it. It was just going to take everything that we had. We were going to have to back our pitcher up because it was going to take a lot on her to pitch two straight games. We knew if we came out fighting that we could be the better team and luckily that was our result."
And come out fighting is exactly what Petrolia did. Blanking Haskell 10-zero in the first game. And going on to make it to their fourth straight regional final. Cheyenne Reese knows that's not an an easy task. "it's a blessing to say that we've been one in eight teams left in the state of texas for four years now. It just means a lot to make it so far and to have so much going for you and to have so many people behind you and to have such a great program that we do."
Mallory Ridinger is another senior on the Lady Pirates squad, "I've been at the regional final four years in a row since I've been a freshman and it's a big deal. It's hard to get there it's not easy for any team."
And even harder was winning two games in a row to advance. But before the last game the lady pirates huddled up and played with one thought in mind. Ridinger said they kept saying they were't ready to be done. "we all had to keep each other's heads up. I mean that wasn't gonna be our last game. We went to state last year and we want to be back there. We have unfinished business. We want to come back with rings next year."
And after winning game 2 and advancing head coach Dede Gray had just one word to describe the feeling of knowing her girls would be playing for a chance to make it to state, "thrilling, just thrilling. They have so much grit and determination. I have never seen them once think of quitting."
Andy even though Coty Chase is just a sophomore, she knows how special this team is, "it felt amazing because we've worked so hard for this and the whole community is backing us up and we're just really blessed to be strong as a team and together."
Petrolia's series against Albany gets underway tomorrow in Graham. With the first pitch being thrown out at six o clock.