SV Lady Sabers Seeking first State Title in 11 YearsPosted: Updated:
The opening day of the New York State Regional Round for the high school softball playoffs wrapped up Friday, with Susquehanna Valley blanking Christian Brothers Academy in Class B, 2-0 at Union-Endicott's field.
In the first 4 innings, SV's starting pitcher Sophia Pappas (a senior) had earned herself 10 strikeouts againstt the Brothers. Allowing only two hits in the complete-game shutout, and racking up 16 K's, Pappas helped lead her team to Class B's Final Four round, two games away from claiming their first State Title in 11 years (2007).
"It gets me through the game knowing that [my team] is there behind me and supporting me. Knowing that we're all friends, it's great that this is my last year," said Sophia Pappas.
The Sabers' offense was fairly lacking in the hits department, but thanks to the two solo-homers by Olivia Parker and Hannah Haskell, Susquehanna Valley was able to stave off elimination and continue on the road to a State Championship.
Lady Sabers' head coach, Karen Bidwell, who coached during the 2007 championship season, said she's been so proud of the work the 2018 season seniors are putting into their games. Hopefully, she and her girls will get the chance to relive greatness and carry the sense of pride they felt from the year into their careers after high school graduation.
"This group of seniors I'm going to miss so much. They've just been great kids on and off the field," said Karen Bidwell
The Susquehanna Valley Sabers' post-season will continue Saturday, June 9, 2018, for a match agains tomorrow's winner between Babylon and Westlake, 9:00 a.m. at Moreau Recreational Park in Saratoga County.