By: Coleman Swierc
The Huntington Devilette softball team are state champions...and they scored the winning run without the benefit of a base hit.
Huntington defeated Liberty-Eylau in the state championship today, 1-0, to earn their first title for the school since 1974.
The Devilettes scored on an unearned run in the 3rd...and Carlie Thomas made it last, as they won their fourth 1-0 game in the playoffs.
After Mallory Brandenburg walked to open the 3rd, Kaitlyn Ivy and Presley Modisette followed with back to back sacrifice bunts, that evenually loaded the bases. Katie Mills followed with a grounder to 3rd, and as the play came home, Brandenburg was originally called out on the force, only to have the play reversed, when the catcher dropped the ball.
"I just put my whole body into her, and she fell right on her face and the ball came loose," commented Brandenburg on the play at home, "when I saw her drop the ball, I just became so excited, and it was the best feeling ever."
The one run, was all Carlie Thomas would need, throwing yet another shutout. But it was not easy, as the Leopards put runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs in the ninth, before Thomas got a ground ball to Destiny Lovett at third to end the game.
"I was a little nervous, and I knew I would have to bear down, and I did, and the whole team just came and played great defense," recalled Thomas.
The win puts a capper on a great senior class for the Devilettes that never saw a district loss, and made two trips to Austin.
"I have dreamed this for the longest time, it was our goal at the beginning of the year, and what can you say...we did it!" exclaimed senior Brittany Batten.
The Devilettes will have to replace a lot for a repeat next year, as 7 of nine starters are seniors, but the do return the state tournament MVP, Carlie Thomas, who is just a sophomore.