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May 13, 2014

High school softball: Lewisburg torches losing streak

When that final out was made Monday, if you saw Lewisburg's reaction you probably would've thought the Green Dragons just clinched a playoff berth or, heck, maybe won the state championship.

Pure joy.

Overwhelming excitement.

A huge sigh of relief.

A sense of accomplishment.

You can use any one of those -- or all of them -- to describe the team's emotion.

The Green Dragons didn't win a league title, clinch a playoff berth, or earn a state title Monday with a 4-2 victory over Lourdes Regional, But for the players, that win meant perhaps more than any of those accomplishments.

It meant that finally, for the first time since 2011, they could say they were winners. And they did it, of all games, on senior day on their home diamond.

"The girls have worked so hard to learn the fundamentals of the game and they finally got to see a reward," first-year Lewisburg coach Devin Crebs said. "The girls' reaction was like they had just won a state championship, but it was completely appropriate for how much effort they have put forth. It shows me how much they care about the game and their teammates. (It's) one of the best experiences I've had as a coach."

The Green Dragons' outburst drowned the woes of a 57-game losing skid, which was the ninth-longest losing streak all-time in District 4 sports.

For many on the Lewisburg roster, it was their first varsity victory. It was senior Rita Benfer's second.

Benfer, senior Kyra Kifolo and the three juniors on Lewisburg's team all stuck it out. While others may have quit playing after two consecutive winless seasons (0-19 in 2012, 0-20 in 2013) those five continued to put in effort and time, working to end Lewisburg's skid. While playing a game they love, they encouraged other players to come out for softball and to work hard as well.

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