Sacred Heart back in TAPPS state tournament

Keldy  Ortiz

May 13, 2013 at 12:13 a.m.

HALLETTSVILLE- The Sacred Heart softball team has been in situations where the task is simple - win and advance.

Yes, they've been to the TAPPS 1A/2A state tournament before and have won the whole thing.

Last year, however, they were defeated in the state final.

Now, they hope to finish as the last team standing.

Tuesday, the Indianettes (18-5) will face Bellville Faith Academy in the TAPPS semifinal game in Waco at 10 a.m.

Senior Kirsten Heger was on last year's team that was defeated in the state final. But though she's been on the losing end, she's also been on the winning side, winning state titles in 2009 and 2010.

"When you step onto that field, you want to do your best," said Heger, a senior, who will play softball at Costal Bend College in the fall. "You have to be ready for anything."

Second-year coach Donald Bohuslav isn't surprised about his team's success. He was surprised how last year ended, but doesn't believe a similar ending will happen this season.

"In the final game, we made errors that we usually don't make," he said. "We expected to be back. If we play like we practice, we can do this. We're facing a tough team."

The Indianettes will be playing with some freshmen who are new to the state tournament stage. Madison Etzler is one of them.

Etzler has heard about the team's winning success and understands the team's demand to win.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself," she said. "I want to play the best for our team, so we can be the best."

Heger has noticed how hard Etzler and the other freshmen have played in practice and in games. She wants them to make the most of their time playing.

"We told them to have fun, play your best and play your hardest for the team," Heger said. "We talked to others because we can't do this on our own."

The bar for success has been set high for Sacred Heart, Bohuslav said. The team recognizes this but believes it is ready to take the crown of champions.

But first, it has to win Tuesday.

"If you don't aim high, you may not make it," he said. "We try to keep focus on this game."



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