Winning doesn't get old for Rockets
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:00 AM
Winning four state softball championships in a two-year span is a lot of things, but mundane isn't one of them.
Maggie Peebles runs the bases for Neshoba Central.
"It never gets boring," said Neshoba Central senior outfielder Katlyn Duke. "This is my last year as a Rocket, so it's special to go out with a win."
Not only did Duke and fellow senior Maggie Peebles go out with a win, they went out in style.
The Lady Rockets of Neshoba Central rolled to 10-0 and 14-1 wins over Wayne County at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland over the weekend to claim the MHSAA Class 5A State Fast-Pitch Softball Championship. Neshoba Central is now the two-time reigning defending champs in both fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball in Class 5A.
"It feels great to win another championship," said sophomore Hannah Williams, who blasted a three-run homer in Saturday's 14-1 win. "I am hoping for four more."
"It was really important for us to win it for the seniors," said fellow sophomore Kayla Robertson, who had two doubles and a single for the winners on Saturday. "We are going to go out and do it for the juniors next year."
While Neshoba Central may make winning on the softball field look easy, coach Trae Embry's Lady Rockets say a lot of hard work goes into what sometimes looks effortless on the field.
"We worked really hard and our coaches make us work hard," Robertson said. "We do our best to play hard for each other. We are just a big family."
"You always have to get focused for every game," said junior Hailey Lunderman. "We believe in each other. We just believe in ourselves and our coach."
"I'm confident in my team and we practice hard," Duke said. "We work hard and coach Embry expects nothing less than for us to win a championship every year."
Right in the middle of Neshoba Central's impressive run this season, has been seventh-grade pitcher Aspen Wesley who capped off her first season as a Lady Rocket with back-to-back no-hitters in the 5A State Championship Series.
"I was really happy to be playing for the championship since I'm just a seventh grader and it's my first year on varsity," she said, a smile capturing her face. "Now I want to win some more."