“It was awesome.”
That was the response as East Fairmont’s Tori Postlewait and North Marion’s Chelsi Latocha and Amanda Sigley gave over the phone after finishing up their final moments on a high school softball field at the North-South softball game in Buffalo.
The three have been rivals and teammates throughout their careers, dating back to middle school, but as their high school careers came to a close Thursday afternoon under a hot Buffalo sky, the three Marion County softball players were just happy to go out together.
“It was great having a couple people that I knew well out there,” Latocha said.
All three ballplayers were featured on the North squad, which lost two games to one in the best-of-three series.
Their only win came when all three players were in the game and performing to the height that they did this past season.
Latocha pitched in game one, while Postlewait and Sigley each drove in runs to lead North to a 5-2 win.
“To be able to help the team get a run is always a good feeling,” Postlewait said of her part in the team’s lone win.
“It felt really good to drive in that run because I was really nervous going up against the best players in the state,” Sigley added. “It helped calm me because it helped us win.”
The hit didn’t just calm Sigley at the plate but also in the field, where she was tasked with playing some third base, a position she hadn’t played except for only one game four seasons ago.
The North Marion graduate took it on stride, though, and said it was a “cool experience.”
“It was different, but it’s pretty much exactly like first base but with a different view,” she said. “But it was fun.”
As for the other two, each was given an opportunity to take to the circle one last time against the state’s top hitters.
“Pitching against them was great,” Latocha said. “There were some good hitters, but we held our own against them.”
While the day was filled with back-to-back-to-back games, the girls were given ample time to make relationships with top players from across the state and to even find out that some of them may be seeing some familiar faces in the fall.
“It was awesome to come down here and meet a bunch of girls,” Postlewait said. “I found out that a few of us are even going to the same college together. That’s pretty cool.”
As the day wound down, the Marion County trio each ranked the memory at the top of their lists, remembering countless softball memories from past years.
For Latocha, it was the fact that she’d played her last game as a North Marion Husky, which provided a bittersweet moment which she shared with her friends and family, seeing her little sister sing the national anthem to kick things off. For Sigley, it was that she shared her last high school softball game with Latocha, who got her into softball in the first place. And for Postlewait, it was being able to reunite with softball friends and make a lasting memory.
Asked how the three of them would remember this day five, 10 years from now, Postlewait provided an answer that will cement the memory into their memory banks forever, saying, “It’s just an experience that you’re going to remember no matter happens.”
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