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Scecina softball wins 12th consecutive Sectional championship

Scecina's softball team celebrates winning the Sectional trophy on June 1 at Heritage Christian. They beat the Eagles 15-6. 

By Beth Murphy

After three days, a bad start to the championship game and a torrential thunderstorm and rain delay, Scecina's softball team needed little time when they resumed playing on June 1  to capture its 12th consecutive Indiana High School Athletic Association Sectional title, defeating Heritage Christian 15-6.

The girls then moved on to the Regional the next day, beating Cambridge City Lincoln 5-4 at  Brookside Park, Scecina's home field, to advance to the Semi-State. There was little time for rest for the Crusaders. After their June 1 victory, they grabbed their Sectional trophy, packed onto the Scecina bus and headed immediately to Brookside to practice for the Regional championship the very next day. 

The team now has won a dozen Sectionals in a row, and 13 of the past 15. It doesn't get old, but it does seem to be expected, said Crusader head coach Cory Gray.

"Every single one is good," he said, "Here at Scecina, we take what we do for granted. Our team, they'll think, 'Obviously, we're going to win the Sectional.' They don't understand that it took a lot of hard work,work they put in, to get it done."

The win against Heritage, though, didn't come easy. With Heritage up first at the plate on Saturday May 31, they took a 4-0 lead after just five batters. Gray called a timeout for his Crusaders.

"Usually when I call a timeout, they're a little apprehensive, because it won't be pretty. But this time, I just said, 'We're fine. We're going to start over.' They were a little surprised by that, but I didn't want to lose them so early by being angry."

The girls didn't give up any more runs that inning and came back in the bottom of the first to tie the score at 4-4. They were leading 10-4 when the rains came, delaying the game until Monday, June 1.

The Crusaders put the Eagles away in the final innings in under an hour.

The very next night, with their next opponent, Cambridge City Lincoln, the Crusaders faced powerful pitching, said Gray. But Scecina fought back with its mighty bats to win 5-4.

"We have some of the most talented hitting here in all the time I've been affiliated with the Scecina program," he said.

The team traveled to the Semi-State that weekend, where they lost to North Central, which went on to win the 2A State Title.

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