THE ROCK (KSNT) – Every player on the Rock Creek baseball team has been to the State each year they have been on the team.
But for softball, it is almost the opposite. For many of the girls, this is their first time getting a state tournament experience.
“Since COVID, we were all pretty shot down for not being able to walk,” said softball pitcher Sophia Haverkamp. “I think the team, we are all very happy and we are just ready to play.”
Mustang softball enters the tournament as the 8-seed, but they are not afraid.
“The great thing about our team is that there are 15 people strong,” said softball coach Jeri Brummett. “So one day it’s Sophia, one day it’s grace … There are 15 people who can step up and go into a given situation.”
They are driven by solid pitching and defense.
“I know Sophia, our pitcher, she’s very good, and she’s amazing, honestly,” said softball outfielder Grace Gehl.
The Mustangs have prepared for everything they can predict.
“Faster pitching, like hitting,” said softball shortstop Brooklyn Goehring. “Defensive work on the grass because we’ve never played on the grass before, so we only use the baseball field.”
Rock Creek meets 1-seed Cheney in the first round.
“We’ve played all these guys,” Brummet said. “I think we approach it as if they are of the same type of team that we have played all year.”
It’s about the same approach for Rock Creek baseball. The three pillars of their game are pitching, defense and two-out hits.
“We put a lot of pressure on teams in more ways than one,” said baseball coach Shane Sieben.
The Mustangs are not a homemade power plant. In fact, they have only beaten one home run all season. They get creative with production runs.
“We have children 1-9 who have ways to get to a different base than getting hits,” Sieben said.
Rock Creek baseball meets Bishop Ward in the first round, which they lost to in the first round three years ago.
“I remember they were very good,” said pitcher / midfielder Brooks Whaley. “They talked a lot. We are ready for the challenge and ready to come back to them. ”
“This team has been through a lot of adversity, and I think we’ve been through a lot together,” said pitcher / card stopper Mason Sturdy. “We’re playing as a team right now, and that’s really what it takes to win the state.”
Both teams are confident in their ability to make it through the state tournament, and both are ready to cheer on each other. The tournaments run Thursday-Friday.