HARRINGTON – Bucksport and Mattanawcook softball have been the two top dogs in Class C North for quite some time, but not this year.
Instead it’ll be the lady knights of Narraguagus representing Class C North in the state championship game.
“I think they knew this year that we were going to be up there. I think a lot of people knew,” Narraguagus pitcher Lanie Perry said.
If they didn’t know then, they do now as Narraguagus dethroned reigning three time Class C North champ Bucksport and are now in their first state title game since 2002.
“We were just talking about it, like it doesn’t seem real,” Perry said.
“I think they’re enjoying it, I think they’re having a great time and like I tell them we got nothing to lose,” head coach Tracie Martin said.
Narraguagus has high expectations for Saturday. The Lady Knights are approaching the state championship game against Madison as relaxed as ever.
“It’s not quite as nerve-racking. Basketball it was nerve-racking but this one isn’t too bad,” Perry said.
Many of the softball players played on the Lady Knights basketball team. Viewed as contenders this season Narraguagus instead bowed out to Calais in the Quarterfinals of the tournament. A loss that has helped fuel this softball squad.
“Losing at the cross center kind of got us ready for the next sport like you know let’s do it in softball,” shortstop Madison Leighton said.
“All of our girls, we’re pretty hungry when we lose so when we come back we come back we’re ready to go. We’re all motivated we’re dedicated and I think that probably had a little bit of play in it,” Perry said.
Narraguagus has come close to in years past, this generation of Lady Knights is looking to break through and sustain it.
“We’ll have more hopefully sooner than 16 years from now,” Perry said.
Narraguagus plays Madison on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College.