Madison County softball is hoping the popular phrase "The third time is a charm" rings true Saturday.
The Mountaineers are back in the VHSL Group A Division 1 semifinals for the third straight season, still looking to get over that final four hump.
The girls were out on the rainy practice field Thursday afternoon getting ready for Saturday's matchup with Eastside, the reigning Division 2 champions.
"I think it's more instead of being nervous about a state game or the third time around, I think they prepared like a regular game pretty much," head coach Jesse Yowell said. "They know they have to go down there and perform well to bring back the victory and stuff like that because at this point all the teams are tough."
The Mountaineers are back in the semifinals after rebounding from a tough loss to East Rockingham in the Region B final. Madison was taken to extra innings in Tuesday's quarterfinal over Rappahannock but escaped with the victory.
All-Region pitcher Lauren Seale and infielder Timberly Deane have been around for all three state tournament runs and are ready to finally lead Madison County to the final.
"I think as a team we're really ready because we've been here so many times so we're ready to handle the pressure and go further than we have before," Deane said.
"We feel like we have a lot of confidence this time to go in there for the third time and hopefully win this year," Seale added.