Lady Irish returning to 2A title game for first time since 2014
Over at St. Patrick, who won that 12-inning game 9-8, the Lady Irish are battling similar expectations.
After claiming back-to-back-to-back state crowns from 2012 to 2014, St. Pats went three years without making another championship appearance until now.
The unique thing is the Lady Irish still have six players on their roster from the 2014 squad, four of which made significant contributions as either seventh or eighth graders.
Now that they’re back they say restoring that title town legacy is the only viable option. St. Patrick first baseman Kirstin Walters said, “We know that all this like hard preparation since the beginning of February needs to pay off somehow, so it’s going to pay off with a state championship.”
St. Patrick third baseman Sarah D’Aquilla said, “We just, we want to be champions. We’ve worked so hard every day at 4 o’clock for two hours just to be here.”
St. Patrick assistant softball coach Tommy Castanedo said, “Nobody wants to be just back. Second place, nobody remembers the guy in second place. So we’re going up there with the attitude that we’re going to do our best to put our kids in a position to win it, and it’s up to them. As a coach, the only thing you can do is sit over there and try to get them in that position, but they’ve got to execute.”
St. Patrick will also head up to USM to play Lake, starting with a 1:30 p.m. game one on Thursday.