INDIANAPOLIS — No single Tri-West softball player was responsible for its first state championship— it took the entire roster rising to the occasion at different times.
All 15 members of the roster and two coaches willed the Bruins to the school’s first title in a girls’ sport Saturday afternoon.
In the IHSAA Class 3A state championship game at Ben Davis, Tri-West used some late-game heroics to beat the Yorktown Tigers 7-4. The Bruins got nine hits from seven different players in the ultimate display of a team victory.
“Really for us, we’ve had the real definition of the team,” Tri-West coach Stacey Rogers said. “If someone can’t get the job done, someone else just steps up right behind them and supports them.”
Senior Kaitlyn Settlemoir was one of two Bruins to notch two hits on the day. She had an RBI single in the third inning to put Tri-West ahead, 2-1. In a game that saw five lead changes and three ties, the senior knew she could rely on her team.
“When one girl gets down, we pick her up as soon as we can,” Settlemoir said. “That’s the best thing about this team, they’ll never let you down. Our motto is, ‘Make history, don’t let up.’ That’s what we do, if we get down we are going to keep going.”
Staring at a 4-3 deficit in the sixth inning with two outs and the bases empty, a senior provided one of the biggest moments of the game.
Senior Taylor Heath sent a shot to centerfield that hit the fence and just barely missed going over. The hit provided the final spark to start the Bruins end-of-the-game blaze.
“It was a great feeling,” Heath said. “There’s nothing better than a nice, sweet hit like that.”