AUSTIN (KXAN) — La Grange won its second state title in three years with an 8-1 win over Paris North Lamar.
“I don’t think anybody had a chance we had so much to play for this year,” Head coach Arthur Behrend said. “The kids were so dedicated and so just determined to get it done. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that we got a lot of talent too.”
Briana Angel earned championship game MVP honors, going 2-for-2 with four RBI while scoring two runs.
“It means a lot to have our whole community here, so we’re just happy we can make our town proud,” Angel said. “It’s just coming out with that mentality we can’t get cocky but we have to have confidence. Just come out and play the game that we know and love”
The school’s third overall title was made even more special thanks to the memory of Emily Fritsch. In October, Fritsch, a freshman at La Grange who played on the volleyball team and planned to play softball, as well, unexpectedly passed away from a brain aneurysm.
The team adopted the hashtag #DoItForE in her memory. Saturday, they were able to change it to #DidItForE.
“Throughout this whole season, we said we’re playing for E, we’re gonna do it for e, so it feels amazing to finally say we did it for E and we dedicated this season for her,” Angel said.
After the game, the team presented a championship medal to Fritsch’s parents.
“There was no doubt cause they, and Emily were a part of this,” Behrend said. “We know we felt Emily all the time, and the girls really used that to their advantage, to never lose focus and never take anything for granted, and to work hard every day cause they didn’t wanna let her down.”
All five seniors for the Leopards will go on to play softball in college, except for Riley Fisbeck, who will play volleyball at Texas next year.
“We worked so hard for it,” Fisbeck said. “We did it for people that we had in mind that we wanted to play for and we played for our community and it feels awesome.”