Taylorsville, NC (WBTV) - The Alexander Central Cougars are back and making noise!
This year's success was unexpected because they lost so much talent with last year's graduating class. The lady cougars went 30 and 1 this season, and it's not over yet.
Their final challenge happens this weekend in Raleigh where they have a best of 3 series against Wake Forest-Rolesville.
Monte Sherrill, head coach, said "AC is different because it's a one county school and everybody grows up wanting to play softball and be a part of the tradition."
He calls Alexander Central a softball heaven, but this year- it's a lot bigger than the town of Taylorsville, the program is currently ranked eighth in the country.
Coach said the success is due to long practices and the girls' baseball mentality- they work hard and stay loose on the field at the same time.
A key difference to this year's team versus last is scoring runs. Something sophomore Vada Sherrill and junior Taylor Wike know plenty about, together the girls have scored over 90 runs. They're not the only ones stepping up, sophomore Bailey Rhoney is on a 26 game hitting streak, tied for second in state history.
Coach Sherrill said he's pleased with the season, but nobody cares about the records once the game starts. They're out to prove they're the best team on the field that day.