TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The bucket of balls is overturned and adorned with a chest protector and facemask. A bat becomes a standin for a microphone to interview this "player" about how her team is preparing for state.
It's just one of the light-hearted moments in a practice ahead of the 5A state championship, where the Seaman Lady Vikes will put their perfect 22-0 record on the line.
But, says coach Jay Monhollon, the ladies also know how to be tough. He says he and his staff are simply steering as the ladies' drive themselves down the road toward a state title.
Six seniors and two juniors lead the team. Monhollon says a tough league has prepared them for state, where the competition only gets tougher. He says records don't mean anything at this state as all the teams are good.
Senior Kylie Dillon said the team is a fun-loving group that's trying to not put too much pressure on themselves. She says they are embracing the moment and enjoying themselves.
Seaman meets Blue Valley Southwest in their first state game Thursday. The 5A softball tournament is being held at the Twin Oaks complex in Manhattan.
Hear more from Monhollon and Dillin in the included video.
Posted by Melissa Brunner