“This feels amazing,” sophomore middle hitter Betsy Leonard said. “It's the farthest we've gone in a long time.”
It has been 10 years since Fulton last made it to the super-sectional, an anniversary that was celebrated during the season.
There's one huge difference. That team had a record (33-2-1) similar to Fieldcrest's, while the Steamers are below the .500 mark.
“It's very rewarding,” coach Stacy Germann said of her team winning the sectional title. “We were frustrated at the beginning of the year. It's been a roller-coaster ride for us.
“I knew they had it in them. It's what we were hoping for at the beginning of the season. It's better late than never. This is what I knew they could produce, so now they're doing it when it counts.”
Germann said the team started to realize its potential late in the season.
“Probably the last fourth of the season they really started coming along,” she said. “We had aspirations at that point in time. We just saw it all connecting. Our hitters were starting to find the right spots, and they just started to become more intellects of the game.”
But they've also fed off that outside source of the fans, and they're hoping that could be the difference tonight.
“They have been great,” Germann said, “and I think our fan support really has helped push our girls to the level they're performing right now.