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Houston slow-pitch softball team makes history

Houston won fastpitch state titles in 2012 and 2018 but is seeking its first slow-pitch crown.

Posted: Oct 17, 2019 9:07 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2019 9:20 AM

HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Houston High School slow-pitch softball team is going to the state championship, and they did it by playing as one and being relentless.

"They don't quit," Head Coach Derick Kirby said.

He said the season didn't start off looking like a history-making team.

"Early on, we took our lumps."

He said with the leadership of their one senior, Jasmine Rogers, and a few other juniors, they were able to come out with big wins against tough competition this season.

"I don't want to let my team down, especially being the only senior as well," Rogers, an outfielder, said.

With all their success this year, they are heading to Madison to play the toughest series of the season against Lake.

"They're a good ball team, no doubt about it. We're going to have to play good ball to beat them," Kirby said.

However, Rogers said the key is to focus on what they know how to do best.

"Not necessarily worrying about who our opponent is; just going out and playing to the best of our ability," she said.

Junior Paige Kilgore said even though it's the first time the slow-pitch team is going to state, it won't be their last.

"We'll be back the years to come because, of course, we only have one senior. So it just gives us a lot of hope for our future," Kilgore said.

For the Lady Toppers of Houston, win or lose, they already beat the odds.

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