The Clinton-Massie softball team has been waiting for this game since May 23 last year.
On Friday in the Division II Mason 1 District championship game, the Lady Falcons will meet Ross with a berth in the Div. II Southwest Regional tournament on the line.
And for Massie, the possibility to exorcise the demons of last season’s district title game exist.
“This is what we’ve been waiting for,” Lauer said. “We set this in our sights when we started the season. We wanted a rematch with Ross. Ross is a good team. They’re not the same team as last year, but obviously, they’re going for the district championship which means they’re a good team.”
The Lady Falcons are 26-1 on the season and ranked No. 6 in this week’s statewide softball poll.
Ross is 14-9.
Last year, Ross’ Kaitlyn Justice hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to give the Rams a 4-0 win over the Falcons. Kenzie Meyer, the Ross pitcher in last year’s game, returns and she was virtually unhittable in that Rams’ victory.
Taylor Florea, who surrendered that Justice homer, returns to the mound for Massie.
The Massie-Ross matchup is the second in two days between the two schools. The Ross baseball team defeated Clinton-Massie 9-0 on Thursday to win the sectional championship.
The Lady Rams have Ally Ivey as the offensive leader. She hit .500 this season. Ivey slugged a long homerun Tuesday at Kings in the Rams’ 11-5 win over Wilmington.
Ross has two speedy table-setters at the top of its lineup. When they get on base, they make things happen for Ivey and Co.
Clinton-Massie has been strong in each facet of the game this season, hitting, pitching and fielding. Florea has been the leading hitter this season with Hailey Clayborn, Claire Carruthers, Victoria Sivert and Madilyn Newton all above the .470 mark.