Lady Chargers already looking ahead

Logan Greszler • Jun 3, 2016 at 6:00 PM

AKRON — There’s a saying that all good things come to an end.

Unfortunately for the Edison softball team, that phrase proved true.

The Lady Chargers’ season came to an end Thursday in a Division III state semifinal game at Firestone Stadium with a 7-1 loss to Canfield South Range.

However, just the sole fact that Edison made it to the state tournament proves how successful of a season it had.

It was the first time since 2012 and only second in school history, that the Lady Chargers had reached the state tourney.

It was also the first season for head coach Troy Keegan, who inherited a team that reached the Div. II regional final a year ago from former coach Dale Dawson.

“At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t exactly sure what we had,” Keegan said. “I thought we’d be good defensively and pitching and those things turned out well. I thought that offensively, we grew a little bit. We had some more people get involved in our offense.

“We played in some really tight games throughout the whole year, and I think that really helped us to get this far because our nerves never got to us,’’ he added. “Maybe today they did. I can say that I was a little nervous. You’re going to be nervous is these big time situations, you’ve got to be able to play here.’’

The Lady Chargers finished the season with a 24-4 record, while also earning the Sandusky Bay Conference crown.

Before Thursday’s contest, Edison was on an 11-game winning streak. Its previous loss was a 14-3 decision against Strasburg Franklin, who is playing in the Division IV state title game Saturday.

Although the team will lose only four seniors, they are losing quality players in Erica Reber, Peyton Michel, Sierra Davis and Tiggie Sanabria.

Sanabria, who missed the rest of the season due to a knee injury, made her season debut in the sixth inning with an appearance at the plate.

“They’re quality kids, not only on the field but also in the classroom.” Keegan said of his seniors. “We’re going to miss that leadership from those type of kids, but we’ve got good juniors coming up that will step right in because the seniors have instilled that into them.”

One of those who will step next season is second baseman Hailey Stoll.

“I think we did a really good job on proving ourselves,” she said. “We showed a lot of people and other teams that we’re a lot better than what they thought we were. Every game we didn’t give up. It didn’t matter if we were up or if we were down.”

There are certainly many positives gazing into the future, one being the number of freshman (four) that not only played in, but started in a state tournament game.

“We’re looking towards our future,” Keegan said.

The Lady Charger underclassmen will have an opportunity to leave their marks next spring.

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