They did it again! For the 11th time, the John Curtis Christian Lady Patriot softball team has won the state title. They did it in dominating fashion, defeating Mount Carmel 7-0 in the title game after dispatching Chapelle in the semi-finals by the score of 12-0. The team was led by it’s 5 senior starters, Gracie Chaisson, Danielle McCartney, Megan McCartney, Sierra Sacco and Alyssa Ochoa. However, it was a total team effort on the field, at the plate, on the base paths and in the dugout. You could see the genuine excitement of each team member throughout the entire state tournament on each young lady’s face. Their wasn’t one specific star player as there were several members of the team that could have been named the state game’s MVP. However, freshman Katie Kempton was named the MVP by the working media that day. You cannot overlook the MVP performance by Kai Goodman on the mound. Or, Gracie Chaisson’s MVP play at third base. Or, Sierra Sacco’s ESPN-esque catch in centerfield. Or, the way the McCartney twins got huge hits and played flawless defense. Or, how Jacke Melancon got on base every time she got up to hit and dominated behind the plate playing catcher. There were so many great performances, you simply cannot list them all. Which, perhaps, is why the Lady Patriots won the championship so easily. They played as a team. In a society full of “look what I can do” this was a team of “look what WE can do”. The proof was evident and on full display. Simply put….it’s the Patriot Way, according to head coach Jerry Godfrey.
Congratulations to Coach Jerry and his assistant coaches Jarrod Fabacher, Toni Hebert and Sam Gilmore. We appreciate the time, energy and effort you put into our school, program, team and each individual girl. We cannot say “thank you” enough!