KOUTS | When Kouts takes the field for Tuesday afternoon’s regional championship game against North Miami, the Fillies will no longer be worried about proving they belong.
After winning their third sectional in the last four years, the Fillies are making a tradition out of a deep postseason run. Now the team, especially the seniors, would like to continue adding to that tradition with a first-ever regional title.
Hosting a regional game at Kouts for the first time should help.
“We’re going to come out and play our hardest,” Kouts senior Alyse Rosenbaum said. “We can’t be scared.”
The Fillies (11-14) won a sectional title for the first time in 2011 when Rosenbaum and her classmates were freshmen. With a team led by five seniors, including coach Tim McNeil’s daughter Easten, Kouts scored seven runs in the second inning against Pioneer, but fell short 12-7. Fast forward two years and the Fillies never had a chance against the Panthers in 2013, falling 10-0 in five innings.
Many of the current Kouts starters played in that game and have plenty of experience which they will use this afternoon against North Miami.
“I’ll definitely be less nervous,” Kouts pitcher Kylie Bruce said. “I have full confidence that we’ll come out and play our game.”
The Warriors (27-4) were a juggernaut in the North White Sectional last week, outscoring their three opponents 37-1. North Miami beat Pioneer 12-1 in the opener and then rolled over Tri-County and South Newton in shutout victories.
The Fillies said in the moments after beating Washington Twp. last week that they didn’t care who their regional opponent was. After having two cracks at a regional championship and falling short, the talented senior class is just itching to get back on the field and have another opportunity to put their names in the history book.
“This has been so amazing, especially since it’s our last year,” Emily Kolb said. “We’ve had a state-or-bust mentality and that doesn’t stop now. I think you have to be hungry at this time of the year.”