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PHEBA â€“ The sport of softball has created quite a bit of excitement around Hebron Christian School lately.
For the first time in school history, the Lady Eagles qualified to advance to the Class A state tournament and play Heidelberg Academy today at Freedom Ridge Park. The first pitch will be thrown at 10:45 a.m.
Hebron softball coach Cass Tapley said the team has felt the support from each community the school touches.
"At Hebron, we're a little different because we're so spread out from different towns, but the school has been behind us," Tapley said. "We kept them updated on Monday (during the North Tournament) every time we won or lost. No matter what happens, it has been a really great experience so far."
The Lady Eagles stand with a record of 24-11 with a second place finish in the Class A North Tournament.
After defeating Tri-County Academy 8-0 to reach the North finals, Hebron lost 1-0 and 11-0 decisions to Bayou Academy. The Lady Eagles defeated Bayou Academy on Saturday to make the state tournament.
Tapley called the win against Bayou "the best one I have ever been a part of" and looks forward to seeing how his squad responds at the state tournament.
"We couldn't ask for anything better and they've done everything we've expected," Tapley said. "Our expectations are pretty high."
The pitching of Chloe Tapley, daughter of the coach, has been instrumental in Hebron's efforts this season. On Monday alone, she combined to strike out 26 batters in two games with 18 coming against Tri-County Academy alone.
"You always know what to expect from her and she's always going to be consistent," coach Tapley said. "She doesn't get rattled in the big games. Our expectations are high with her and she's met those."
When it comes to the offense, coach Tapley said there are times the Lady Eagles give Chloe some huge run support.
He likes the way Hebron is hitting the softball heading into the state tournament.
"We've been very consistent," coach Tapley said. "We've got 10 to 11 varsity girls who can all play and they bring it every time."