Veteran leadership is very important.
“Our two seniors have really worked extremely hard at getting us to become more of team and gel together. We are young and it takes a lot of chemistry to be able to get where we are right now — and to play and believe in each other and support each other in everything that we do.”
Kaplan seniors’ Dawn Bruton and Kenzi Gaspard are guiding their club one day at a time.
“We’ve showed the younger ones that it can be done, because I think what they have seen in the past is rivalries and not getting a long very well. But, we have definitely gotten along well this year.”
“One year, we had eight seniors and they were just there. We knew we had to follow them… But now, we actually have to tell them what they have to do.”
Through two playoff games, head coach Shay Herpin and the Pirates are outscoring their opponents, 18 to 1. They’ve plated 18 runs, allowing just one.
“You know, it’s good to outscore your opponents. Our pitching coaches have done an excellent job, mixing things up and pitching to her strengths.”
And the Pirates class 3A opponent in the quarters (Pine Prairie) is a very familiar face.
“They got some really good hitters and a really good pitcher. I think that they are a very seasoned team – and we are going to have to get out and be ready to play.”
Kaplan has won two state titles in program history – 2006 and 2016. But if they win this year, it would be the Pirates’ third in school history.
“That would be amazing… it’s only be done twice, so a third time would be even better.”
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