FRANKFORT — The kids on the North Miami softball squad have been thinking about this week for a long time. Long before they put on the red and black of the Warriors.
"I told the girls right after the game, 'Hey, remember when we were little and we played all-stars together?' We said, 'Hey, you know it'd be our dream to make it to state,'" junior pitcher Josie Wood said.
Then she told them: "We're here!"
That they are. The North Miami squad beat Carroll 1-0 Saturday night in an extra-inning nail-biter that wasn't decided until two outs in the bottom of the second extra inning, when Alyssa Bishop steered a clean single to left field to plate Savannah Davis with the winning run.
That gave North Miami the Class A Clinton Prairie Semistate title, and a spot in Saturday's state finals at Indianapolis Ben Davis. North Miami (30-4) and North Daviess (18-11) will meet in the Class A game at 10:30 a.m.
"Ever since we were little, we played together in Denver League and we won state and district many years together," Bishop said. "This team has been together since we were like 8 and we have had state championships since we were 8, so it's always been realistic for us and we always knew we could do it.
"Now that we have [the semistate title] to actually show that we could do it and we're doing it, it's craaazy."
When Davis came home with the winning run, it was the signal for the Warriors to go crazy. They mobbed her at home, uncorking all the pressure that built up in a tense game.
"Oh, you wouldn't even believe how tense it was," Bishop said. "We stuck together as a team. We knew what we had to do and we did it."