By Samuel Munsey
Photography by Savannah Sicurella
After a long, hard fought season for Titan softball, they played their final game on Tuesday night, falling to Spruce Creek 4-3 in a 14 inning battle in the district tournament. It was a great season for the Titans, with many more ups than downs, but this game was a heartbreaking way for the year to close, as well as a tough final chapter on the careers of many of the team’s seniors.
The girls started the season on a roll, winning five consecutive games. They also won the Lake Mary Early Bird Tournament, rolling through the tournament undefeated against some top teams including Lake Howell, DeLand, Hagerty and Tampa Sickles in the championship game.
“The moment that brought the team together was when we won the Lake Mary Early Bird Tournament,” senior Olivia Hansen said. “When we went undefeated, I think we realized just how great of a team we were because we all trusted each other.”
However, once they hit district play the Titans stumbled out of the gates, starting off 1-2 within the district.
After this temporary fall, however, the ladies went on a roll, winning 10 of their last 11 games on the way to the playoffs, including a wild 20-17 win on senior night over Pine Ridge. With a district championship and more on their mind, the Titans came in to the playoffs full of pride and determination.
In the playoffs, the lady Titans won their first game and were one game away from the district championship game and a berth in the regional tournament. However, their next game would be one they’d never forget.
The game lasted 14 innings, with many twists and turns for both the Titans and their opponent Spruce Creek. In the top of the 8th, Taylor Langworthy had a huge 2 RBI hit that looked like it could win the game for University. Then, in the 9th, McKenzie Jones had a big hit, knocking in a run to make the score 3-2 in the 9th inning.
“When Taylor pulled through and hit a single and scored those runners, it excited everyone in the dugout,” Hansen said. “It was a great moment.”
In the end, Spruce Creek came back and won the game after 14 innings and the Titan’s season came to a close. After a hard fought and passionate season, the Titans fell just short of regional goals.