The Mosinee Indians softball team fell just three runs short of winning its second state championship last year.
They rallied from a seven run deficit to beat Denmark 8-7 in the semifinals, before falling to Whitnall 3-1 in the final.
That loss still stings.
“It’s really brought a fire under us, wanting to get back and redeem the chance we didn’t get the chance to have, and wanting to come back stronger and better than we were last year, and actually get the chance to say we were champions,” said senior pitcher Sydni Gburek.
Although this team may look a little different than last year’s, the attitude hasn’t changed at all.
“We’ve won our conference 10 years in a row, and they take that as a source of pride. That’s always our motto, you could say, is the next man up,” said Todd Felch, Mosinee’s head coach.
Even with that attitude, it’ll be the familiar faces, like Gburek, that’ll help key their run back to Madison this season.
“It is great to have someone like that that you know is gonna step up there, and when she’s on, she’s on. She can step up there and do the job any night,” Felch said.
And this year, they won’t be content with second place.
“It would mean the world to me, know it’s my senior year, and going out on the best thing ever. And state is just such an amazing experience, and I’d love to end my high school career on that,” Gburek said.
”I want to get there so bad, and I know the rest of the does, but right now it’s just building that team unity that we had last year with the new people we have coming up, and just working from there. It’s one game at a time,” added senior third baseman McKinzey Johnson.
Mosinee opens their season April 2nd at Altoona.