HOPKINSVILLE - The goal for Franklin County's softball team has always been to make it to the state tournament.
Now that they've been, the Lady Flyers want to go back.
"It was weird, it was different, it was awesome, that's really what it was," FCHS junior third baseman Lydia McKinney said about playing in the state tournament.
The Lady Flyers went 2-2 at state this weekend to finish seventh out of the 16-team field, and their first trip to the state fast-pitch tournament was a learning experience.
"That first game we were really nervous," McKinney said. "It was our first time here, and that gave us the jitters. After the first game we settled down. We got the jitters out of the way, and we realized that this was really no different than any tournament we play during the season. That first game is what gets you."
FCHS (29-15) opened the tournament Friday afternoon against Middlesboro, which has been to state the past five years as the 13th Region champion.
That experience proved key in the Lady Jackets winning 1-0, scoring their only run on two Franklin County errors.
"I was nervous, we were all nervous the first game," FCHS junior first baseman/pitcher Michelle Farler said. "After that first game we got a lot better. I wish we could go farther, but a lot of teams get this experience and a lot of teams come back the next year. I hope we can. I'll be working all summer."
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