Lady Bulldogs go hunting for first state title

Face Kelly in Class 2 semifinals this morning

— South Callaway head softball coach David Odneal offers a couple of dream scenarios he is confident any of his players would eagerly embrace with a prime payoff at stake.

South Callaway will be shooting for its first state softball title in school history when it makes its initial appearance in the Class 2 semifinals this morning in Springfield. The Lady Bulldogs (23-4) square off against the Kelly Lady Hawks (19-7) at 10 a.m. at the Killian Softball Complex.

“We’ve been in these situations before on the field — the difference is, there’s maybe some more people in the stands, it’s a little bit louder, and other things are going on,” Odneal said before Tuesday afternoon’s practice. “… That’s something that you want to be — you want to be the one that comes up (to the plate) with the bases loaded and a 3-2 count, so that you’re ready to go after it.

“You want to be the pitcher that’s there in the seventh inning, ready to shut down the other team. I’ve got a lot of girls that want to be in that situation.”

The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the Class 2 final four with a 15-8 quarterfinal victory over Highland last Saturday in Ewing.

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