LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Last Saturday, the Scott County Cardinals softball team knew they were just two wins away from another state title. The first of the Cards’ two games was a grueling 2-1 win in 13 innings with Warren East, but it was then Hannah Davis knew they’d be holding a trophy by the end of the day.
“In the 13 inning game, we kept playing and going,” Davis recalls. “I just saw something in everybody that game. We just fought and battled together; everybody did something in that game.”
Toward the end of the championship game, the Cardinals found their stride and their bats. “Sometimes our bats get into a slump,” Emily Jasper says. “But once we get them back going it’s like it’s nonstop just keeps going.”
And the Cardinals bats did, in game two Scott County run-ruled Warren East 10-0 in six innings with Princess Valencia scoring the final run. “I was on third-base, so I ran, and I touched home.” Then she remembers it hit the rest of the team, “I looked over the dugout, and I was excited, and all of a sudden eight people just grab me and I’m at the very bottom [of the dog pile] it was awesome.”
With hard work, grit, and a will to win that surpassed anything else, the Cardinals couldn’t be stopped.
Some of the ten seniors said this meant the world to them. “With all of our seniors, we were going to go out without something big bang like that it was just the perfect ending to a great senior year,” says Valencia. The MVP Kennedy Sullivan agreed, “I think everybody knew how much Wingwood mean to this team you know we have ten seniors and I just couldn’t think of any other way to go out then to go out on top.”
Scott County also won softball state championships in 2014 and 2016 cementing the Cardinals 5-year run as arguably the best in KHSAA history.