CENTRAL HEIGHTS, TX (KTRE) – The Clock is ticking and time is running out for practice as the Central Heights girls softball team gets ready to play the last games of the season. Next up is the state semi-finals. The Lady Devils will face off against Wall Thursday afternoon at 4:30.
The girls had a final practice on Tuesday before heading to the state finals. They focused on perfecting every pitch, every catch, every hit and every throw.
"It's just the way we work, we work so hard every day and to know that it's right there in or grasp it's exciting to know that this team right here can go all the way," said Chandler McCarty, Central Heights pitcher.
"We worked really hard and Coach pushes us to our limit and she doesn't let us make up excuses," added Katelyn Rice, Central Heights catcher.
The Central Heights Lady Blue Devils must be on top of their game if they hope to earn a spot in the Class 2-A Softball Championship on Saturday.
"We're like a family on the field. We don't give up and we keep strong, like we help each other out," said Savannah Martin, Central Heights shortstop.
They will need that family unity to get past 36-and-6 Wall.
"It's going to be a challenge but like Coach Mc always says 'they're a good team, but we're good too, so," said Emberlen Binford, Central Heights right fielder.
Central Heights is no slouch and they did not get to the semi-finals by chance. These girls know how to bring it. Last week they edged out Mineola by beating them two games straight in the 2A Regional Finals.
"Right before that last out I can remember I couldn't breathe. I was just holding my breath, like one more out, do it, get it over with, let's go," said Katy Lock, Central Heights left fielder.
"It's always close games, so you never know, but we have faith," said Leslie Penick, Central Heights third baseman.
And now they are ready to take on anyone standing between them and that state title. "The pressure is on. The girls are excited and they know that at best we have two games left, no matter what so they're ready and I'm ready and the energy is up," said Iyhia McMichael, Central Heights Head Softball Coach.
So, they practice to perfect every play.
The Central Heights boys baseball team is also vying for a state title. They play Hughes Spring Thursday in Game 1 of the Class 2A state semi-finals.
There are three softball teams from East Texas headed to state this week. Besides Central Heights, the Huntington Devilettes play at 8:30 Friday morning against Celina. The Grapeland Sandiettes play Thursday morning at 11 against Albany.