Senior teal Hussey hits a ball during a home softball game this season. Hussey is one of the 10 returning athletes from last year’s team. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Senior teal Hussey hits a ball during a home softball game this season. Hussey is one of the 10 returning athletes from last year’s team.
(Garrett Estrada photo)

In White Pine High School’s softball double-header against Lincoln over the weekend, head coach Krystal Smith saw something she hasn’t seen all season, a loss. She also saw something else that she has seen time and again with her veteran squad: the ability to bounce back.

The Ladycats dropped their first and only game of the regular season 4-1 to Lincoln after the heavy bats of the Lynx knocked a ball out of the park for a grand slam.

After the success the team had up until that point, suffering a loss at the end of the regular season could’ve shaken the team’s confidence, but Smith said just the opposite happened.

“I was pleased with the way they responded after that game. We never lost focus and came back strong,” the coach said.

The Ladycats returned to the diamond determined and won the game 4-1.

Though the Ladycats blew through the early part of their regular season schedule earning blowout victories week after week, Smith said her team has proven they can “fight” with the other top teams in their division in these past two weeks.

“This is a veteran team. With how far we went last year, our girls knows what it takes to get there and they know what winning and losing both feel like so they will be ready when then big games come,” Smith said referring to her team last year that lost by one run to Needles in the state championship game.

But to get back to the title game is going to take more than just experience, it’s also going to take the entire team working as a well-oiled machine, something Kadi Finicum said should be no problem come this weekend’s divisional round games, where the Ladycats will enter as the top seed

“We’ve been in this situation before that required us to step up and we didn’t, so mentally we are telling ourselves that we can’t let that happen again. We all have each other’s back and we pick each other up when we see someone faltering because that is our duty as their teammate. We have a really strong bond,” Finicum said.

The Ladycats will faceoff against Mountain View Christian Academy on Thursday in divisions. The Ladycats defeated the Mountain View Saints twice by scoers of 14-2 and 13-2 when they played at Marich Field on April 17. If they win, they will advance to play the winner of Needles and Lincoln on Friday. The Ladycats will need to win two games over the weekend to secure a spot in the state tournament and three win to enter as the number one seed from the south.