Niceville softball determined to finish job


You can't get any closer to a state title than Niceville Softball did last season. After losing to Fort Myers in the championship game, the vision was clear.. "We came in this season and were like 'we want it' ", said junior first baseman Grace McIntosh.

All but two players are back from last season’s final four trip and the lessons learned in Vero Beach make them so much more prepared. Pitcher Mikhala Hampton made the trip last season as a freshman, but didn't play. Her emergence as a sophomore

has been vital, and a mature attitude is the key. Niceville doesn't bring the best record down south, 21-6 not as gaudy as the 26-1 Viera team they face in the semifinals, but the Eagles know playing a very tough schedule was worth it. Viera awaits next, but with the Fort Myers team that beat them last year playing in the other semifinal, the Eagles have to be honest with themselves.

"Fort Myers is always in the back of my mind, but for this game we're just trying to block it out and take it one game at a time.", said McIntosh.

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