The Rutherford Lady Ram softball team captured the Class 5A District One Championship Thursday night. Senior Becca Taylor and her team aren't done yet, as Regionals play begins this week. The Lady Rams are lead by Becca and a very simple motto: PLACT, which is so simple, but for the Rutherford softball team, it means so much.
"Before every game, we say PLACT, it's 'Play Like A Champion Today,'" said Becca. "We also write it on our wrists every game. We've gone by that this whole season, and it's really working out for us."
It's working out so well, that Becca and the Lady Rams won their first district title in school history last week.
"I can't even explain it," said Becca. "I just busted out in tears. I was so happy."
The Lady Rams are pretty happy to Becca in the circle- as she's given up 82 hits in 110 innings of work, sitting down 160 batters.
"It's a lifestyle pretty much," she said. "Lessons every weekend, practicing, getting up in the morning and practicing, it's just a lot of hard work."
"She's tough, but she's encouraging at the same time, like you need to do this!" laughed little sister, and teammate, Curstin Taylor. "She's just a joy to play with on the field. She always keeps everyone pumped up."
Becca's dedication isn't just limited to the diamond- as she also carries a 3.7 GPA in Rutherford's Comm Tech program.
"It's very time consuming," she said. "You really have to schedule it out and plan it. It's gotta be all A's and B's. If not- sports are gone."
"She tried hard, she studies at home, with her school work, and math," said Curstin of her sister's study habits. "I know she tried hard and studies to get those good grades."
The hard work Becca's put in over the past four seasons has earned her an athletic scholarship to play softball at West Florida next year- but before she heads west to Pensacola, Becca's not done in the black and yellow.
"To have a great high school career that she has to live with her whole life is very cool," said Curstin. "To go out with a big bang, district championship, and more hopefully."
"It being my senior year, and everything's planning out good like this, it'd be nice to go all the way," said Becca.
Going all the way, and all the way, playing like a champion. Becca has an internship at Fusion as part of her studies at Rutherford, and at West Florida, she plans to study sport management.