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Kellyville slow-pitch softball team wins state, makes history

Posted at 7:19 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 00:00:03-04

KELLYVILLE, Okla. — It’s been more than 40 years since the town of Kellyville won a state championship title, much less, a girls team.

“No girls team has ever won," said senior Mayson Evans.

This week, the girls slow-pitch softball team broke the streak and set a record as the first girls' team to win a state title in any sport.

That is until the double play to end the 5A state championship game, cementing the Kellyville girls' softball team in history.

“Everyone is so proud of us. We have so much support. It’s just been amazing,” said senior Makiah Torres.

“We came in freshman year to a losing program," said senior Madison Neighbors. "They hadn’t won districts in a couple years. We came in freshmen year and won districts right off the bat.”

The team not only captured the state title, but also won conference, districts and regionals along the way.

The last team from Kellyville to win a state title was the boys baseball team in 1975.

“We’d really hoped that it would come sooner than this but there was some things that derailed us over the years," said Scott Neighbors, Kellyville Head Coach. "We had a big talk before the season started. We didn’t want to be the almost team anymore.”

The team’s three seniors and head coach said it took a lot of hard work and dedication to make it happen.

“You definitely win championships at practice. You don’t win them at the game. You show up and play based on how well you practiced,” Madison said.

The seniors are now going on to play college ball after they graduate.

Madison committed to Oklahoma State University and Mayson to Northeastern State University.

Makiah is deciding between Ottawa University and Tabor College.

And with God on their side, they said nothing is impossible for them now.

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