Seaman softball is set to defend 5A state title

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Seaman softball team is in unfamiliar territory for the first time in their history they're defending a state title.

"Our approach is that we're not defending anything. We're going to pursue something. So we're pursuing to be competitive in our league first and then do well at the regional level so we can get back to state," said Seaman softball coach Jay Monhollon.

"I think we are not really concerned about the state championship right now. We're all concerned on being together and how we do throughout this season," said Seaman junior shortstop Trinity Morris. "So I think we're focused on us right now."

To make another run to the postseason the team will have to rely on plenty of younger players. The Vikings lost 10 seniors from last year's squad.

"You know, it is hard. Because that trust, we're trying to build that trust and the competitiveness within each other. But we do have a lot of very good underclassmen and juniors stepping up and really working hard," said Seaman senior catcher Taylor Nickel. "For me, as a senior, I really enjoy that, to see that, and it really makes me feel good about this season."