• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCHS softball honored for winning region, going to state

THE WCHS SOFTBALL TEAM was honored by the Woodford County Board of Education on Tuesday night, Aug. 22, for winning a Region 11 Championship and advancing to the 2017 KHSAA State Fast Pitch Softball Tournament last season. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Woodford County High School's softball team was honored by the Board of Education on Tuesday, Aug. 22, for winning its region and advancing to the KHSAA State Tournament last season.

"Momentum in this sport in our county has been growing for years," Coach Les Anderson said. "We've been on the cusp, on the cusp, on the edge. And we finally knocked the door down - literally and figuratively ... with about a 260-foot shot (off the bat of Delaney Enlow) in the sixth inning" of its 1 to 0 win over Scott County in the Region 11 championship game.

"I was just so excited for us," said WCHS shortstop Peyton Rose. "And I love everyone on this team."

In addition to being the only softball team in Kentucky to defeat Scott County, Anderson's team had "a pretty remarkable year," he said. WCHS finished its season with a school-record 34 wins and only seven defeats while playing the second-toughest schedule in the state, according to MaxPreps. Also, WCHS finished with 35 homeruns, which ranked eighth in the history of Kentucky softball while scoring 274 runs, he added.

Bethany Todd was named the Class 3A Player of the Year in Kentucky - another first in WCHS softball history. Todd and two other seniors, Ariel Dailey and Caitlin Karo, earned Division I college softball scholarships, and no player missed a game or practice because of poor grades or discipline issues.

"While I'm always proud when you win, I'm always even more proud when you represent our school district and our community in the way you did," said schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins. "You all were first class ... That means even more to me, but I still like it when we win." Although WCHS was unable to attain its ultimate goal on the field - winning a state title - Anderson said, "We do have one moment that will live forever. And that's enough, that's enough..."

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