It's that time again: Time to empty out the notebook and see what coaches and players have had to say about the game this year. As usual, the quotes shown here have not been printed in this newspaper before.
"It feels better out there when you're ahead, you know you have a little leeway."
-- Milton pitcher Kristi Weaver after her team gave her an early 2-0 lead en route to a 5-1 win over Montoursville on May 11
"We were in our little slump, and now we're just taking it to the basics and working through it."
-- Kristi Weaver after the win over Montoursville
"Hats off to them. They earned that win; we didn't give it to them."
-- Loyalsock coach Matt Whipple after his squad lost a close 3-2 game to Mifflinburg on April 28
"This is our fourth game in four days. ... This was our 11th game and we've had eight outdoor practices. It's real rough."
Loyalsock coach Matt Whipple following the game against Mifflinburg
"I don't know what (pitch) it was, but it looked pretty good."
-- Mifflinburg's Kelcie Crabb on her solo home run against Loyalsock
"I knew from the get go that there were no pushover teams (in the HAC-II)."
-- Mifflinburg coach Steve Ross after his team held off Loyalsock, 3-2
"If we would have won this, we probably would have taken control of the league."
-- Mifflinburg's Ross after his team blew a four-run lead in a 7-5 loss to Central Columbia on April 26
"It was nice because then I know I'm going to get on top at the beginning."
-- Milton's Weaver, after the Danville batters were swinging early in the Black Panthers' 4-1 win on May 10
"Until you show that you can hit it over their heads, that's where they're going to play."
-- Danville coach Dwayne Heeter on Central Columbia's drawn-in outfield on April 21; the Blue Jays won 5-0
"I thought our defense bailed us out a couple of times when we got some pitches up and out of the zone."
-- Central coach Duane Ford in his team's win over Danville
"We're getting them to read pitches. They're doing things right and it's fun to coach these kids."
-- Warrior Run coach Garth Watson after his team's 5-0 win over South Williamsport on April 15.
"We've got a ton of speed. We're running the bases, and things are coming along. These kids are ballplayers, that's for sure."
-- Watson after the win over South Williamsport
n Sports reporter Todd Stanford covers high school softball for The Daily Item. E-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.