Diamond returns to state semifinal with experience and confidence

The Wildcats will make their second straight state semifinal appearance on Monday

DIAMOND, Mo. – The Diamond Wildcats have made it to the class two state semifinals for the second straight year. The Wildcats return seven starters from last years final four team.

“Last year we were nervous because it was our first time ever making it to the state semifinal, but we’ve worked really hard this year to be strong,” says senior Madison Bentley. “We’re really working on how we’re going to prepare mentally. We’re going to come out strong with our defense and our hitting.”

“Our goal all year has been to be better than four,” says Diamond head coach Kelsey Parrish. “Overall, I think we’ve been way more aggressive offensively and defensively this year. We’ve been putting all the pieces together.”

Diamond team will face Kennett in the semifinal. Last year, both teams saw their season end in this round. They met in a consolation game which Kennett won 6-2. So, these teams have some history.

“We’re feeling really confident,” says Bentley. “We played Kennett last year and we lost to them and we want revenge. We’re ready to go and get it.”

“We know that their pitcher is back,” says Parrish. “We know that they’re very strong defensively and offensively. We’re using what we know from last year.”

Diamond softball has never made it past the semifinal round. The Wildcats have a chance to make program history on Monday.

“We know we deserve to be here and we can’t wait to go win,” Bentley says.

Diamond and Kennett hit the field at 11am Monday morning.