Rebels are confident they have the answer

May 22, 1998|By MARK KELLER

South Hagerstown's final softball practice of the season turned into a question-and-answer session on Thursday.

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Midway through the drill, South coach Sabrina McCoy instructed the Rebels to line up along the first-base line. The seniors were singled out for the pop quiz.

"What are you going to do tomorrow," McCoy asked the girls who will be playing their final high school game.

The seniors' overwhelming response ... "Win."

The Rebels are anticipating success as they enter today's Class 1A State Final game against Rising Sun at 6 p.m. at Randazzo Softball Park, which could lead to South's first softball title.

"We feel pretty confident that we can do this," said Stacey Zeger. "We're confident, not cocky. We fought so hard to get here. Now we have to make sure the right team and the right players show up."


Zeger admits being so close to winning a state championship makes it difficult to concentrate.

"It's real easy to get caught up in it all. It's just like a dream come true," Zeger said. "Where we are now, it makes it tough to focus.

"We sit down before every practice and talk about what we need to do. We mean business," Zeger added.

Three days ago, the majority of the Rebels players said they weren't nervous until boarding the bus before their semifinal game. McCoy said they didn't get rid of the nerves until the late stages of that game.

Now, with the state title on the line, the feeling among some of the players is the same as it was before the semifinals.

"I'm not that nervous today," said Kristin Harne. "I think we will be tomorrow. I'm just waiting for everything to hit right now."

"I'm excited. I can't wait to play," Dee Ecton said.

For others, however, the nerves have already set in.

"It's already hit me, 'cause we're here now. This is it. I've still got jitters," Zeger said.

Still, nervous or not, the Rebels say they think things will go their way, and that they will come home as state champions.

"If you look at our semifinal game, the score may have looked close," Harne said. "But we made the mistakes. We made the errors that kept them in the game.

"I have confidence that we'll win (today)," Harne added.

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