While Warrior Run had an unfortunate early exit from the state playoffs this year, they did make history with a second straight berth. They won not only the school's first ever state playoff game last year, but also went to the state championship.
"They put softball on the map here at Warrior Run. Got to love what the girls have done. It's tough," an emotional Watson said after Monday's loss. "It's more than softball. That's why it hurts so bad because they are a good bunch of kids."
The seniors on Warrior Run certainly set the bar high after last year, losing a tough game to Neshannock in extra innings in the state final.
The Defenders ended this year 20-4 and came up a few games shy of what Parker and the rest of the team wanted to do: win a state title.
For those seniors, the memories and history they made together the past four years will no doubt trump the tough losses.