Unbeaten Lady Patriots March On

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By WSIL Sports

METROPOLIS -- You would never know the Massac County softball team is undefeated just by looking at them.

The Lady Patriots are relaxed and easy-going, even with the pressure of a perfect season hanging in the balance.

"We're having fun regardless," Lady Patriots senior infielder Courtney Copley said. "That's all our team's about, we just go out and have fun and do what we do."

What they do is win.

Massac has breezed past the competition this year, outscoring opponents more than four to one. They say it all starts with having a good time.

"We're very laid back," Lady Patriots senior Kaylee Childers said. "Our main goal is to have fun every game. I think when we're having fun, we're doing good."

Childers is one of the biggest reasons for the Lady Patriots' success. At the plate, the senior sports a batting average of nearly .500. In the circle, Childers is 23-0 with a 1.30 earned run average. The Lake Land College recruit struck out her 600th career batter while throwing a no-hitter against Pope County on Wednesday.

"She is the team," Lady Patriots senior outfielder Lakken Jones said. "She leads us and we're just out there backing her up. She does her thing and if she messes up, we've got her back."

In his sixth season as Massac County's head coach, Pat Clark says pressure, what's that?

"I don't feel any as a coach," Clark said. "I don't think the kids do. I know they talk about this 26-0, we haven't been beaten yet but they don't come to the ballpark showing any signs of this pressure."

"No pressure at all," Copley added. "We're just going out there and rolling with the flow and doing what we can to keep what we've got going."

The magic number for Massac is two. That's how many games they have left in the regular season before the playoffs start next week.
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