BATH TOWNSHIP ‚?? Bath‚??s softball team apparently is as good at living in the moment as it is at playing softball.
After the Wildkittens beat Maumee 5-0 to win the Division II district championship at Miller City last Saturday, coach Laura Ford didn‚??t have an answer right away when asked when the team‚??s last district title was.
‚??Abbi, you guys haven‚??t been to regionals, right?‚?Ě she said to senior third baseman Abbi Price, who was gathering her gear in the dugout.
When Price said that was correct, Ford said, ‚??So it would be the year before that (2009) since we went to regionals.‚?Ě
Bath‚??s seniors said that even though this was their last chance to get to a regional, and maybe beyond, that was not a motivating factor in getting them to this week‚??s Division II regional at Bucyrus.
‚??We don‚??t really put too much pressure on ourselves. We just go out and have fun. We didn‚??t look at it (winning the district) like it was super, super important,‚?Ě Price said after the win .
Senior second baseman Jenna Houston said, ‚??We just play it game by game and see how it works out for us.‚?Ě
Ford said, ‚??I told them that I give them a lot of credit because we didn‚??t celebrate a lot after that final out (against Maumee) because they have higher aspirations, they want to keep playing for a long time.‚?Ě
Bath (27-1) will play Mansfield Madison (24-4) at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a regional semifinal.
Madison beat Clyde 2-1 in eight innings to win its district.
In the other semifinal, Oberlin Firelands (18-12) will play Granville (22-6) at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Firelands pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament in the state this season when it knocked off Lagrange Keystone 1-0 in its district semifinal. Keystone, the defending state champion, had not lost before a regional tournament since 2000.
Granville has won 16 games in a row since starting the season 6-6 and knocked off previously unbeaten River Valley in its district championship game.
The regional championship game will be Saturday at noon.
With only three seniors on its roster, Bath had several sophomores and juniors step into big roles this season.
‚??You never know how young kids are going to step up and fit in,‚?Ě Ford said. ‚??But I think some of that goes to the leadership of our seniors. They took hold of them and led the way. Together, they all meshed really well.‚?Ě