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May 27, 2014

High School Softball: Halifax, Millersburg meet for District 3 title

HALIFAX — Wildcats coach Tracy Cox was more than emotional after Thursday’s exciting comeback win over Upper Dauphin in the District 3 Class A semifinals, but it was more than from just winning a big softball game.

The Sunday beforehand, Cox unfortunately lost her uncle, who she said was like a father to her. And, for obvious reasons, softball was the last thing on her mind that week as the district semifinal approached.

“I got here (Thursday) and told the girls, I said ‘girls, I wouldn’t be here if it wouldn’t be for my uncle.’ I said, ‘Let’s go out and do it for him,’” Cox said after beating Upper Dauphin. “And they did it. I don’t know what else to say. They just played the game that they needed to play. I don’t even know what else to say.”

She may not have had much else to say, but it’s probably a safe bet that Cox and the rest of the Wildcats will want to win one more time for her late uncle, although Halifax’s opponent will be anything but an easy win.

Halifax hosts Millersburg on Wednesday for the District 3 Class A championship at 4:30 p.m. Halifax is looking to claim the school’s first district title since 2002. For Millersburg, the Indians are gunning for their first district banner in at least two decades after knocking out the defending five-time district champions, Greenwood.

Millersburg is led by dominant Tri-Valley League pitcher Marlo Roadcap, who’s averaging nearly 10 strikeouts per game, while Halifax’s Chelsea Konyar has just 68 through 19 games in the circle. But don’t think Konyar can’t pitch. She may be going to Mercy College as an outfielder, but she gets the job done for Halifax in the circle.

“If you ever see her play center field, she’s probably the best center fielder I’ve ever seen play the game. She just gets to the ball, scoop and hop and crow hops like nobody else,” Cox said. “We’re just thankful she’s been willing to take the mound for us this year. She’s our workhorse.”

Konyar and Roadcap have been similar throughout the year. Both have a one-hitter and two no-hitters. Konyar’s thrown two shutouts on the year while Roadcap’s thrown five and the Millersburg ace also has a perfect game on her resume this season.

The Indians are hoping to finally break through after two straight seasons of falling in the district championship game. One bit of confidence for the Indians is they finally topped Greenwood, the team that they lost to each of those past two postseasons.

Whether Halifax wins or loses, Tracy Cox knows she’ll see the same thing out of her team that she’s seen all season long: classiness.

“When they were winning, we were 8-0; you didn’t hear one cocky thing come out of their mouths. When we started to lose, you didn’t hear the negative come out,” Cox said. “They were still picking each other up and dusting them off and moving forward. (I’m) very, very proud of these kids.”

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