The Marquette Mustangs softball team get a rematch it wanted in the Class 4 sectional round.
Marquette will host Washington at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 11).
The Mustangs (25-3) lost 2-1 in the sectional last year to Washington Blue Jays (20-4) and have their season end on a tough note.
Coach Amy Doyle said her Mustangs are looking forward to playing the Blue Jays. Her entire team is back to try again.
“All of our starters were on the team when we played Washington last year,” Doyle said. “We are excited to play Washington again this year. It will certainly be a good game.”
To win and head to the quarterfinals, Doyle said her Mustangs must just keep doing what they’ve been doing this season.
“We need to focus on doing what we have done all year which is to do the little things right and focus on controlling what we can control,” Doyle said. “If we do both of those things, we should be in a good place to finish strong.”
To get to the sectional, Marquette won its third consecutive district championship and fourth in the last years.
“The girls have been putting a lot of pressure on themselves throughout the season to do well, so the district tournament was a great way for our players to showcase everything they have improved upon throughout the season,” Doyle said.
Marquette, who opened this season with a 2-1 win over Summit, met the Falcons to begin postseason action. The Mustangs responded with a 4-3 win over Summit in an exciting game.
“Both teams played well,” Doyle said.
Summit scored a run in seventh to make it 4-3. Marquette kept their poise and did not get rattled.
“We stayed the course and were able to maintain their composure to finish the game strong,” Doyle said.
The win enabled the Mustangs to face Parkway South in title game. Marquette defeated Patriots twice in regular season.
Doyle kept her remarks the team simple.
“In preparation for the game against Parkway South, we talked about going back to the basics and focusing on fundamentals,” Doyle said. “We also talked about the importance of trusting in their training and having fun.”
Marquette ran away and scored an 11-1 win over the Patriots.
“The girls were really pumped for the game,” Doyle said. “We have been working on coming together all season and everything came together for us. Everyone contributed in making it a team win.”
The Mustangs took all the suspense out the game by scoring seven runs in the first inning.
“The girls wanted to set the tone from the beginning of the game,” Doyle said. “It was exciting to see them accomplish what we have worked on throughout the season.”
The big lead helped the Mustangs relax and just play ball.
“Absolutely,” Doyle said. “It took a lot of the pressure off and the girls had a great time during the game as a result. They were focused and had fun, which is sometimes a hard balance to strike.”
Junior outfielder Alyssa Werner led the Mustangs as she drove in five runs. Four came on a grand slam in the first inning.
“It was amazing,” Doyle said. “Alyssa has been close a number of time this season and she really broke out.”
It was Werner’s first grand slam her. Doyle could tell Werner enjoyed the moment.
“She was so excited,” Doyle said. “It was great to watch her celebrate with her teammates.”
Junior pitcher Annah Junge stymied the Patriots.
“She threw a great game,” Doyle said. “She and Kelsey Lenox work so well together and it was great to see Annah as well as she did.”
The girls celebrated the victory. Doyle said she enjoyed watching them.
“They were really excited,” Doyle said. “It was fun to watch them celebrate with each other and now they know it is time to keep the train rolling.”