Celebrate good times! The Medina Softball team is doing just that after the girls made school history this past weekend.
It wasn’t exactly how the Medina Softball team thought it would play out on Saturday afternoon in the Division I Regional Championship game against Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
“I definitely thought the first inning they scored three runs and I was thinking it was going to be a rough game, and it was tough for us,” said Medina Junior Jen Sansonette.
After trailing 3-0, the Medina Lady Bees stormed back to tie the game and force extra innings. In the 9th, Madison Tata kept the dream season alive.
“I was very happy to get the hit for my team and just winning it all in the end was just one of the best moments of my life,” Tata said.
Medina went on to win the game 5-4 and capture the school’s first Regional Softball Championship.
“It’s amazing. I think it shows how much we worked this year,” said Junior Maria Vanadia.
The Medina Lady Bees have no time to celebrate their Regional Championship, since they face North Canton Hoover, the defending state champs, in the next round of the state tournament.
“They have a lot of experience in the final four and stuff and we haven’t been here yet, but we are going to do our best,” Lauren Peak said.
“I think that when we take the field it has to be playing Medina Softball and keeping true to ourselves and make sure we stay solid offensively and defensively,” added head coach Jessica Toocheck.
Medina is 24-4 heading to the state Final Four. The state tournament was a goal from the beginning for each and every girl on the team.
“We did team bonding and we all wrote on papers and we had to pick what we wanted to do, like our dream and everything, and we picked out that we wanted to go to state champs,” Sansonette said.
Medina is not a typical softball powerhouse, so it took a while for the girls to gain some respect around the league.
“We were undefeated for a little bit and I think that gave the girls a lot of hope to carry on and they started believing in what we can do and what we can accomplish,” Toocheck said.
The only thing left to accomplish now is a state title. The Bees make their State Semifinal appearance on Friday at Firestone Stadium at 3:00 p.m.