NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — John Cropp Stadium was packed Friday evening for the state softball tournament. There were four teams still competing when the day started, now it’s down to two. We caught up with fans cheering on the home team from Nicholasville.
It was East Jessamine vs. Henderson County in the state semifinals.
The Lady Jaguars went into the game as the last team standing from central Kentucky, thanks in large part to senior pitcher Kayleigh White.
“It’s an amazing thing. Surprised came this far, to be honest, but looking forward to seeing where else we go,” student Jake Storie said.
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East Jessamine fans decorated the stands in green and John Cropp stadium to show their support.
“So my sister is actually on the team. She’s a seventh grader. And so, it’s just been really cool to get to watch her go through all this because I also started playing for East during my seventh-grade year. So, it’s like we get to do it all over again,” said former player and fan Haylee Stansbury said.
“I think we got this in the Duffy, so I’m definitely hyped.” ‘My favorite player is Kayleigh White, she throws heat,” student Bryce Brock said.
The Jaguars claimed the Region 12 title last weekend. But they had their work cut out for them tonight against a team with a winning record of 32 and 5.
In the end, the Jags fell to the Henderson County Colonels in 10 innings. The final score was 4 to 1.
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It’s not the outcome they wanted, but fans kept their heads held high.
“Unbelievably, insanely proud of her, her team. Yes, I know. I’m friends with so many of these girls that are out here on the field and it’s just so exciting to get to watch,” Stansbury said.
Henderson County will face Ballard in the state championship game on Saturday at 3 p.m.