The Liberty County Lady Bulldog softball team broke their Regional Final curse on Saturday- locking in a spot at the Class 1A State Final Four with a 6-3 win over Sneads. The Lady Dawg senior class is happy to secure a spot at the Finals, after coming so close for so many years. One of those seniors is Carly Sapp, who shares the heartache of the past two seasons with her teammates.
"It kind of seems like the last couple years we've been talking about it, and getting so excited, and then in the end, we're not getting there," said Carly. "If somebody talks about it, we're like hush! Don't say that word!"
But with a Regional Championship finally under their belt, that word can be shouted out, as the Lady Dawgs are State Bound, and the leadership of Carly is a big reason why.
"She's one of those athletes you dream about having," said head coach Jennifer Sewell. "She's a great all-around athlete. Whatever situation you put her in, she's going to do it and go as hard as she can go."
That mentality has Carly leading the way for the Lady Dawgs- as she boasts a .507 batting average, blasting two homeruns and nine triples, and on defense- she holds down the fort from behind the plate.
"She's got that mentality of she's going to go hard, every inning, every pitch," said Coach Sewell of her catcher.
"Knowing that it's your last game, or it could be your last practice is an awful feeling," said Carly. "Everyday I go out to practice, I'm giving it 100%, and then come to game time, I'm all in it."
Carly's also all in to her studies- as she's finished 26 hours of college credits sporting a 3.75 GPA. That all around dedication has earned her a softball scholarship to the University of North Alabama.
"She always gets her work done," said Coach Sewell. "She's not one of those kids you have to stay on. She also helps other kids that need help."
"It's just a crazy feeling, because after this it's over, and then I have to grow up and go to college and be on my own," laughed Carly. "I mean, this year, it's win or go home, and it being the last year just means everything. We're working hard and hoping we get there, and maybe the hard work pays off this year."
Hard work, and after so much heartache- it's finally paying off. Carly and the Lady Bulldogs play Wednesday in their Final Four match-up. At UNA, Carly plans to study Psychology.