Watch your tongue around Bay Port.
For the first time in school history the softball team advanced past the sectional final after clinching a dramatic victory over Ashwaubenon, 1-0. They are – and they can now say it with pride – headed to state.
“We had this discussion prior to the season. However, we never said the ‘s-word’ as we called it all season,” head coach Jenna Woepse said adamantly. “We never said it. I just told them that it’s okay to say it now.”
The nerves were present even as the Pirates maintained calm. Senior Bailey Smaney didn’t surrender a hit through the first four innings, but the Jaguars were resilient as well. Bay Port only recorded a pair of hits but Alyssa Cooper’s infield single in the bottom of the sixth was able to knock in the lone run.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Cooper said. “It’s the first time we’ve ever gone to state. We just fought so hard this season, we worked so hard in the off-season and we just finally got here.”
The Pirates will initially face Kenosha Bradford in the state quarterfinal Thursday in Madison at Goodman Diamond.
“We’ve had this goal all year,” Smaney – the Fox River Conference Classic player of the year – said. The focus and determination never left the seniors eyes even as they quickly recorded the last three outs in the seventh inning. “I’ve wanted to do it my four years and now we’ve finally done it.”
Bay Port topped Pulaski and then outlast Green Bay-East by a single run in the sectional semi-final to reach the decisive game against Ashwaubenon. The journey is far from over though, but the Pirates certainly enjoyed solidifying history and the celebration that ensued.
“We took it one game at a time and this was a game that we knew we could go to state and finally say it so it feels good,” Smaney finished.
Say ‘state’ all you want now.