The Mill Creek High School softball team headed to Columbus, Ga. for another shot at the state title, and opened the run with a 6-3 win over Kennesaw Mountain High School, a team that was rated number one coming into the playoffs.
“We played them the first game in Columbus. They had been ranked #1 since late August. Heather Felt pitched a complete game. Giving up 3 runs and scattering 7 hits. We were down 2-0 in the 5th and Kenzer Fagioli hit a 3 run homer to left to put us up 3-2. We scored 3 more in the bottom of the 6th and they scored one in the seventh for the final score,” said Head Coach Roger Parham.
Their win over KMHS sent the Hawks into a very familiar matchup; it would only be fitting that two of high school softball’s most storied and successful programs meet again.
MCHS competed against their rival Collins Hill High School and suffered a loss that forced them to a game against East Coweta High School. Unfortunately, the Hawks fell 1-0; however the Hawks have nothing to be ashamed of.
The Hawks journey to Columbus started with a nice 6 game win streak dating from Aug. 18 to Aug. 27 in the regular season. Once the region tournament rolled around, the Hawks hosted Habersham Central High School in the first round of the tourney and won 1-0.
MCHS headed out to Collins Hills to finish out the rest of the tourney, but the Eagles took the first game 5-0. Yet the Hawks bounced back with a 4-2 win over Duluth High School. In the title game against CHHS, the Hawks came one point shy of tying the game that could have led to a region title win.
However, the region tournament didn’t slow the Hawks down. They rallied and swept North Forsyth High School in the first round of the state playoffs (6-2 and 12-4) and took 2 games from Grayson High School (5-3 and 6-0), earning them a trip to Columbus.
“I am so very proud of our girls. They had a wonderful year and truly over exceeded expectations considering the talent base we lost to graduation from a year ago. To make it this far with a junior pitcher who didn’t play high school ball last year for us, or any other high school for that matter and our other pitcher being a 14-year old freshman who was pitching to another 14-year old freshman, I am ecstatic at how our year turned out,” said Parham.
“We lost 4 DI players from last years team and 88% of our RBI production and still finished in the top 5 in the states largest classification,” said Parham.
The Hawks certainly have a lot to be proud of and will look to make another great run next season.