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Postgame: Kellenberg wins state title
The Kellenberg softball team won its first state title in the 25-year history of the school with a 5-0 win over Molloy on Tuesday at Hofstra University. Read the full story here. Below is some additional postgame reaction:
On being state champs: “It feels great, we worked on doing the little things and we came out on top…Last year we came up a little short, but this year we were really determined to take the state championship. This was the only thing we had left to take and we came out.”
On throwing both games: “I emptied everything in the tank. There is nothing left. But these moment you have to dig down deep and pull out everything you have.”
On which pitches were working: “Everything was working. My rise was hopping, my curve was starting in and getting off the plate so they couldn’t touch it.”
On what made the team so strong: “We have great pitching, great catching, great defense. Our hitting, we practiced so hard to make our offense as strong as our defense. We deserved it and we got it.
On coming up with big hits: “It feels good to do it for your team, for your coaches, for everyone here supporting us. We do it for them.”
On winning it for the seniors: “It’s great for the seniors. It means a lot to them. It was the last thing they could do and we did it and we all did it together. It feels great.”
On Pardo: “Susan works so hard and we all support her and make sure she’s always on her A game. And she does it, she does it every time.”
On how the team plans to celebrate: “We’re probably just going to scream a lot.”
On being state champs: “It’s so good that we finally got what we deserved with all our hard work throughout the season.”
On what made the team so strong: “We have such great team unity. Everyone is in it for each other, we’re not in it for ourselves. We’re great on offense, we’re great on defense. There’s really nothing that could stop us.”
On winning as a senior: “We really just wanted to finish it off this season. We were so close last year and we had even more talent on this team. We just wanted to get it our senior year.”
On Pardo: “She is so strong, no matter what. The weather was really hot out here and she managed to pitch two phenomenal games. She sticks to simple things, she doesn’t go crazy. Her rise was perfect and her change, when it’s on, it really throws off the batters.
On bringing the first ever softball state title to Kellenberg: “It means so much to our school. We’ve never done this. To go through an entire season being undefeated and bring home a state championship is phenomenal.”
On moving onto Stony Brook University: “I’m absolutely ready. I can’t wait to see what I can do there and see how the team is.”
COACH KEN CONRADE
On being state champs: “These kids deserve it. Last year, they really lost a tough game, 6-5, and I thought they were right there. They worked so hard this year and to go 29-0 is just phenomenal. They persevered through the pressure. These kids are tremendous.”
On pitching Pardo in both games: “It’s something we didn’t necessarily want to do but we just felt like we would ride her. The team responded well to her. We have two other tremendous pitchers but we just felt like that was the groove that we had been in and seemed to play our best ball with her on the mound so we just went with it.”
On bringing the first softball state title to Kellenberg: “This is 18 years as head coach, I never thought I’d hold this [plaque]. It’s awesome.”
On winning for the seniors: “It was very important. They set a tone, they went through a very hard season last year where they just missed. They’ve worked so hard and provided a tremendous amount of leadership and you want it so bad for them but you don’t want to think about it ahead of time.”
On what made this team better than last year’s team: “I think a lot of them had set goals. They are very mature and very focused and they really bonded as a group. They worked so hard to bond and they’re all competitive, which sometimes makes the bonding hard. They overcame a lot of obstacles. They are an amazing group of young ladies.”