LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – When the Lexington Catholic softball team ripped off a 16-game winning streak from late March to early May, it became clear that the team had a chance to make a deep postseason run. Now, they are one of the lucky teams still playing in June.

“Like anything else it’s just the attitude going in and wanting your moment, being ready to fight every single pitch, not waiting until the very end but start the game fighting for every single moment,” Lexington Catholic head softball coach Emery Emmert said.

The Lady Knights beat Lafayette in the Region 11 championship game, then just two days later opened the state tournament with a walk-off win over Boyle County. Lydia Kennedy was the hero in that game, driving home the two winning runs and freshman Abby Hammond continued her dominant play in the circle.

“I think now that we got through that first game all the nerves are gone and we’re just motivated to go out there and win, he’s been keeping us relaxed and saying we should just play hard for each other,” Hammond said, who threw a perfect game earlier in the postseason.

Their state quarterfinal game against Harrison County is on Friday morning at 11 a.m., working with a seven-day layoff between games but prepared to keep the momentum going. Emmert told FOX 56 Sports on Monday they will be practicing every day this week to stay fresh.

“I’m just taking every day one day at a time and just working on different drills just to get a lot cleaner and not make mistakes,” senior catcher Emily Lammers said.

This is Lexington Catholic’s first state tournament appearance since 1997 so they are looking to make some program history, seeking three more wins to claim a state championship and it starts with Harrison County on Friday.

“You just gotta think about one game at a time you can’t think about the next few days coming up you just gotta take that one game and say this is what we’re gonna do and go on,” senior designated player Maggie Coleman said.

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