INDIANAPOLIS – A few notes from the softball state finals Saturday at Ben Davis.
There's definitely one 'R' word that Lakewood Park coach Dave Carnahan won't use in describing Tecumseh, a program the Panthers' beat in the 2013 title game 10-3 after losing to in 2011 in the finals.
"We are not close enough to be real rivals, but they did get the better of us two years ago, and we had the desire to not let that happen again," Carnahan said.
To celebrate the 2013 win, the players, coaches, parents and fans had a pizza party later Saturday night back at the school.
The Panthers won last year's Class A state title as well, but a third straight championship will have to come in 2A as the IHSAA's success factor will bump the Lakewood Park softball program up a class for the next two years.
Lakewood Park scored its first five runs in taking a 5-0 lead on Tecumesh with two outs.
The Braves committed an error in the first inning, allowing the Panthers the chance to keep an inning alive where they scored three runs.
"To make them pay with three runs is huge," Carnahan said. "We came up with some big hits."
Delagrange stays in
Lakewood Park junior catcher Jaclyn Delagrange injured her ankle in the sixth inning fouling a ball off of it.
After some time with the trainers and walking back and forth near first base, Delagrange struck out and returned to the bench.
She promptly put her shin guards back on and returned to the game.
After the game, Delgrange indicated the ankle was just bruised and was going to have it checked out later Saturday but there was no chance she was coming out of the state title game.
"It's incredible," she said of winning a second straight state title. "I am so proud of my team."
Jets come close – again
Getting to two straight state championship games is a huge accomplishment, which might take some of the sting off Adams Central's second straight loss in a title game, 4-2 to Indianapolis Scecina.
"A lot of these girls hadn't played before and weren't on the team last year, and they didn't know coming in what it was like," Adams Central senior Bess Fiechter said. "But they stepped up to the challenge every single game, sectionals, regionals, semistate and even today, and they were like why not?"