Bulldogs claim softball regional
MAHOMET — Win a Class 3A state championship and Mahomet-Seymour’s softball team still won’t finish with a winning record.
Big deal. The Bulldogs are still playing after accomplishing a program first Saturday after a 7-5 win against Charleston to claim a 3A regional championship.
This latest triumph marked the third such regional championship in the last four seasons for M-S (14-22) and the first time it has happened in consecutive seasons. So the subpar record doesn’t bother coach Mark Jones and his players.
“It doesn’t matter what’s happened up to this point,” Jones said. “We’ve gotten better. We’re a good-hitting team. We’re showing that right now.”
Solid offensive games from Emma Vallee (2 for 3, two RBI), Ashley Anglin (2 for 3, RBI), Jess Hammack (2 for 4, RBI), London Acree (1 for 2, two RBI) and Lucy Stahl (1 for 3, RBI) helped lead a balanced offensive approach for M-S.
“It’s special because the girls that are seniors have been on teams that have been through three regional championship games now,” Jones said. “It’s important for them to carry on the tradition of the class below them.”
The Bulldogs now await Mattoon at 4:30 p.m. in a sectional semifinal game Tuesday at Lincoln. Win that game and the Bulldogs will make more history. They’ve never won a game at the sectional level.
“I have a lot of respect for Mattoon,” Jones said. “We’ll get ready to play ball.”