Spring Hill Softball Breaking New Ground

In Spring Hill, the Lady Panthers are still playing.

This time of the year, that's a big accomplishment. For the first time ever, Spring Hill is in the Regional Finals.

"It feels really good," Spring Hill outfielder Katie Tadlock said. "It's kind of a drag still having to come to softball practice," she laughs, "but it feels really good to know that we're one of the only teams left."

"It feels really cool to know that we've broken pretty much every record set by our team," Lady Panthers outfielder Shannon Irby said. "There's only so many teams still going, and the possibility of going to state is amazing."

The Lady Panthers are down to the round of eight, with a showdown with Liberty-Eylau starting Thursday night.

"It seems like we have more fans now to come cheer us on," sophomore outfielder Jessica Fudge said. "Feels good to have beaten our records and set new ones."

There's a trip to Austin at stake but for now, the Pady Panthers are just enjoying the ride.

"I try not to think about it yet," Tadlock said. "After every game we go out to eat and we always celebrate as a team, and it's just a good feeling."

"I guess it's something everybody aspires to," Irby said. "Only so many teams make it this far, it's really cool to be able to say we still have a chance at state."

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.