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Originally published: 2014-05-13 18:53:20
Last modified: 2014-05-13 18:54:04

WHS softball team ready for Roberson

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Watauga's softball team will play its first state 4-A playoff game this season at T.C. Roberson, starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Pioneers go into the game with a 3-13 record, 3-11 in the Northwestern Conference. They are the league's No. 2 seed.

Watauga goes into the game nursing a two-game losing streak. Watauga fell 8-4 to St. Stephens in the first round of the Northwestern Conference Tournament on May 6 after losing 14-0 to South Caldwell on the final game of the regular season on May 2.

Watauga had lost five straight before blasting Hickory 10-0 in Hickory on April 28.

But the regular season is in the past, according to Pioneers coach Stephanie Kostis. The playoffs give Watauga a chance to regroup and come out and play with some aggressiveness and with some fight.
"This is the start of a new season," Kostis said after the South Caldwell game. "We can shut the door on the old season because playoffs is a whole new world. We talked about the difference between playing to win and playing not to lose. People who play not to lose are going to lose because they are scared. People who play to win are going to take that extra base and they're going to be aggressive and have that fight in them and the desire to win because nothing is going to stop them."

Roberson finished the regular season with a 12-10 overall record, 7-5 in the Mountain Athletic Conference. The Rams finished in a tie for third place in the conference with McDowell, which also finished with a 12-10 overall record, 7-5 in league.

Watauga might want to be careful when pitching to Kassi Butcher, who is hitting .529. Keila McCurry, who is hitting .341, has hit six home runs.