All Strafford does is win.
The Lady Indians have won three consecutive state championships in girls basketball, and Saturday the softball team aimed for back-to-back state titles and an undefeated season.
Senior pitcher Zoey Mullings shut Park Hills Central down, striking out five and making plays in and outside the circle.
The game at Killian Stadium remained scoreless until the fourth inning, when junior catcher Kayley Frank poked a two-out single to center field, bringing Alissa Collette to the plate for the game’s first run.
With two outs and no runners on in the fifth, Kaitlyn Vote and Hayley Frank started a rally with a single apiece. Then Mullings delivered a clutch base hit to right center, scoring both runners to build a 3-0 lead.
“I hadn’t been hitting very well the whole weekend. I knew I just needed to trust my hands and do what I usually do,” Mullings said. ” And lookie there, I got a hit. It wasn’t the greatest hit, but it scored two runs, so I’m happy about it.”
Mullings worked a 1-2-3 final inning, striking out.Rebecca Voyles to complete a perfect 29-0 season, earning Strafford’s second softball state title.
Head Coach Dale Bean said five players from last season’s championship squad were in new positions this season, but the Lady Indians found a way to win in every game.
“We knew we’d be a little bit down this year,” Kayley Frank said. “We knew we could do it, but we knew we’d have to work a lot harder in practice. To be able to do it again, it’s just an amazing feeling.”
Since its first girls basketball title in 2016, Strafford has won five state championships between hoops and softball. The Frank twins, Mullings and several others have been a part of all five teams.