Webb City softball advances to state championship
The Cardinals beat Platte County 10-2 Saturday in the state semifinals.
WEBB CITY, Mo. – The Webb City softball team will play for the Class 4 state championship.
“It means everything to me. We’ve worked really hard for this,” says senior pitcher Haidyn Berry.
The Cardinals beat Platte County 10-2 Saturday afternoon in the state semifinals. They now move on to play for a state title for the first time since 2013.
“It’s an outstanding opportunity for these girls, and they’ve earned it,” says head coach Shauna Friend, “I’m really excited to see these girls in this position.”
Webb City scored the first nine runs of the game on their way to the 8-run victory.
“We had a lot of energy today,” Friend says, “But it didn’t start when the game started. It started from the time we got on the bus.”
“The bats were hot. We were hitting line drives everywhere,” Berry adds, “Once we got going, there was no stopping us. We tore it up at the plate today, and that’s what we needed to do.”
“It was nice to get on top early,” Friend adds, “We strung hits together, and that was good to see. They were hitting the gaps, and not just making contact, but the girls were really driving the ball. That’s what you want to see when you’re this deep in the postseason.”
The Cardinals (27-5) will hit the field against Webster Groves (15-2) on Friday at noon in Springfield for the Class 4 title.
It will be a long five-day wait for a team that’s on a roll and ready to get back out there.
“It’s going to be hard because we’re so eager to play,” Berry says, “But I’m thankful I get to practice with these girls for another three or four days. It’s a special group.”
“I think a little bit of rest will be good,” Friend adds, “I think it will be good for Haidyn, and I think it will be good for the whole team. We have some bumps and bruises, as you would expect from playing this long, but it will be good to get everyone recuperated and ready to go on Friday.”
For Friend, regardless of the outcome on Friday, she knows she has a special group of players.
“They’re selfless, and they’re always there for each other and playing for one another,” Friend says, “It’s been a great season and it’s been awesome to be a part of this team atmosphere.”
For Berry, Friday is an opportunity to cash in on all the hard work the team has put in throughout the season.
“I’ve watched plenty of girls grow up and win state, and it’s awesome to see this team in that position now,” Berry says, “I’ve spent so many hours in the back yard and in the cage with my dad and my family. For us to be able to go out and play for ourselves, our families and our community, it means a lot to us.”