After falling short in the state semifinal round the last two seasons, the Madison County softball team reached the Group A Division 1 state championship game, beating Eastside 4-0 Saturday in Salem.
"We're all excited, we've been talking about it all week, how exciting it is to get back for the third time," said junior pitcher Lauren Seale, who pitched a shutout. "To actually win it is amazing."
The Mountaineers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. In the third, Seale singled to right, scoring Sam Atwell from second for the 3-0 lead. Madison capitalized on the Spartans' mistakes throughout. Cagney Shifflett scored on a passed ball in the third, giving the Mountaineers a 4-0 elad that they kept for good.
"It's a big relief, especially off my back," said Madison coach Jesse Yowell. "As a coach you know, you get to this point and you want to get over that, so I think [it's a relief] for the girls too. They were pretty pumped up.
"We had a talk before the game, just sat in the dugout over there, just what it would mean and what it would mean twenty years from now to them, if we could make this happen today."
The Mountaineers will face Honaker in the state championship game at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Moyer Complex in Salem.