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Maclay Softball Ready To Compete For A State Championship

Maclay Softball Ready To Compete For A State Championship
Posted at 12:35 AM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 00:35:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - The last time the Maclay softball team made the State Final Four, none of the girls on the current roster were even born. The year? 1995.

Last week's Regional Championship over North Florida Christian broke that dry spell, and for the first time in over two decades, the ladies now have the chance to play for a State Championship.

On Tuesday, the Marauders left Tallahassee to cheers and lots of love from family and friends. The destination? Vero Beach, Florida, where Maclay will play their Class 3A State Semifinal game on Wednesday.

It's a point no one thought this team would reach at the beginning of the season, but that's okay. This group is embracing that underdog role.

"No one ever saw this coming," said Sophie Gainey. "Beating Rocky Bayou, beating North Florida Christian, no one saw that coming. Just to have it come, it's awesome."

"There should be no pressure," added head coach Tera Gainer. "We're not supposed to be there, but we are. The pressure isn't on us. Stay loose, have fun, play the game."

The ladies take on John Carroll Catholic in Wednesday's Class 3A State Semifinals. First pitch is slated for 3:35 pm.