By Tom Cunningham, Hankscorner1@gmail.com
3:02 PM EDT, June 17, 2014
KING WILLIAM – On the back of the King William softball teams' practice T- shirts it says "Unfinished Business." They were one strike away from finishing the business of winning a state championship on Saturday, giving up five runs in the top of the seventh, all with two outs.
"I am devastated for those girls because they worked so hard to win this championship and they just saw it slip away. I am so proud of this team and the way they came together as a family, I know this will only make us stronger" said an emotional Coach Kay Gammon after the game.
The Lady Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead on a powerful home run over the right center field fence by Essence Jackson; she drove in the other run in the fifth when she followed a Brittney Branch double with one of her own to give King William a 2-0 lead heading into the last inning. Kayla Huffman struck out 12 and only gave up three hits before the seventh when Page County used every strike they had to win the game 5-2.
"Kayla and Essence had a great weekend. They both were outstanding. You have to give them credit because they never gave up but our team didn't either, I know we lost but we had a great season," said Coach Gammon.
Losing in the state championship game is never easy because you only remember your final game not the countless wins and hours of hard work that lead to the game. However, in the past three seasons the King William softball team has won three Tidewater District Championships, three Regional Championships, and have been to the final four in the state twice, a record most schools would envy, but when they come back to the field next spring they will still have "Unfinished Business." They will also have motivation that will drive them for one more season.
"We have had a lot of success these past few years but we are still hungry for a state title. I know the bus ride back will be a long one but their isn't a team I would rather ride back with than this on,e" said Coach Gammon.
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