Softball captures elusive state title

Softball captures elusive state title

State Champs: The girls show off their first place trophy after a 1-0 win over Truman on Saturday. Senior pitcher Remy Edwards threw a no hitter making her the second pitcher ever to do so in a Class 4 Championship Game.

After reaching the state championship game for the third time in the last four years, OHS softball comes home with the state title.

The Tigers took on Truman from Kansas City in the state championship game on Oct. 23. Behind a no-hitter by pitcher Remy Edwards (12), the Tigers won the game 1-0 and finished the season with a record of 26-1.

“I didn’t even know I hadn’t allowed a hit until somebody said something to me,” Edwards said. “During the game, I was just going one batter at a time.”

The Tigers scored the only run in the sixth inning. Janelle Hackmann (11) was called in to pinch run for Julie Kernen (12), who led off with a double. Hackmann then stole third with Lauren Fussell (11) stepping up to the plate. Fussell laid down a bunt which scored Hackmann and gave the Tigers a one run lead.

“It’s still one of those things where you’re still asking yourself if it really happened,” head coach Rich Sturm said.

That one run was all the Tigers needed to capture their first state championship. The girls were confident all season that this was their year to bring home the state title.

“The team had the heart of a champion,” Sturm said. “They backed up what they said with the way they played on the field.”