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Troy Softball State Runner Up in Best Season Ever
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports

Class 2-1A State Softball Day Two in Pratt, KS.

Semifinal = Troy 3, Central Heights 2 in eight innings

Becoming the first ever girls team in Troy history to advance to a team championship in any sport didn't come easy and in fact took one extra inning. Yet, despite the Vikings tying the score at 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning with their second solo home run of the game, the Troy girls got back to back hits from Reagan Hill and Paige Hinds to earn the walk-off win. '

Hinds and Emerson Weber each had a pair of his and Jacey Moore drove in two runs with an RBI groundout to tie the score at one in the second inning and a RBI single to give Troy a 2-1 advantage in the fourth frame. Paityn Engemann allowed just four hits and solo home runs in the first and seventh innings while striking out nine batters to improve the Trojans to 23-0 on the season and send them to the state championship game. 

Championsip = Mission Valley 6, Troy 4

Mission Valley took advantage of Troy mistakes and never trailed in claiming their third state softball title in school history and first since 2003. The Trojans committed five errors and had a few dropped balls, wild pitches, passed balls and missed digs or strikeout runners reach. Troy had eight hits to just five for Mission Valley and was down 5-1 until scoring three runs on five hits in the fifth inning but still left the bases loaded and couldn't ever quite catch the Vikings.  

Mission Valey had one run score on a wild pitch in the second inning when the frame was extended with two-outs by a player reaching on a strikeout. They added two runs in the fourth as one player scored on a passed ball and another reached on a strikeout with two outs and came around on an RBI triple to make it 3-0. The Vikings added two unearned runs in the fifth after Engeman had homered for Troy to pull within 3-1. 

Troy did get the tying run to the plate in the seventh after a one-out single by Avery Euler, but ended up leaving seven runners on base.  Mission Valley had the ball bounce their way more than a few times, including two fly balls to short right field that were missed by the second baseman but bounced into the glove of the right fielder backing up the play.  The Vikings finish the season 23-2.  

Troy got two hits each from Euler, Engemann and Weber while Paityn struck out six more batters to make 29 total K's in three state games and 150 strikeouts for her junior season. Weber had five total hits in the state games while Engemann and Emma McConnaughey each had four hits. 

Troy will lose six super seniors who completed the best season in school history with a 23-1 record and state runner up finish in their first state softball showing.    

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