Baylor Softball Team Hoping to Add Yet Another State Championship Banner
Chattanooga-(WDEF) The Baylor softball team is getting ready to make what seems to be their annual trip to Murfreesboro to battle for a state championship.
And it seems the Red Raiders seldom leave the ‘Boro empty handed.
They’ve won four of the past five state championships.
Maybe the ‘B’ in Baylor really stands for banners.
Nine state championship banners adorn the outfield fence at Baylor.
Said pitcher Kayla Hughes-“It’s a lot of motivation. It’s also a lot of tradition. Just to look back and see the great program that Baylor has had, and it’s an honor to get to be apart of it.”
Imagine what some of the visiting teams must think when they see all those banners.
Said first baseman Crosby Huckabay-“I think it intimidates teams a lot actually. I think they walk in here, and they’re like, Oh God.”
Added Hughes-“I know if I walked in here, and this wasn’t my home field, and I saw all of those, I’d be like, wow, we better get ready because this team knows what they’re doing, and they’ve had a great history of playing great softball.”
Head coach Kelli Smith says the young girls have embraced the high expectations.
Said Smith-“That is a goal of the Baylor softball program every year to be state champions. That’s just something that each year, from the middle school on. And then that’s something they look forward to in being apart of our varsity program, and knowing that we’ve had this success we’ve had. That’s something they come in with a hunger to be a state champion.”
Baylor is motivated this year to claim their fifth title in the last six years.
Said Smith-“This year’s team has great team chemistry. Obviously that’s what it takes to win a championship. We have great talent. The talent is there, but their chemistry,(chuckles) as you’ll see behind me here as they go running by.”
And you just can’t beat that championship feeling.
Said Hughes-“I would say it’s a lot of joy, and it’s also a lot of just being proud of yourself for all the hard work like it came down to this, and also the team because it is a team effort.”
Baylor will begin their quest for a state championship at Spring Fling on Wednesday morning in Murfreesboro.