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Morris girls host Ottawa in regional title game

MORRIS – On May 20, the Morris softball team lost to Ottawa, 8-5. On Saturday at 11 a.m., the Redskins get a chance to avenge that loss, when they take on the Pirates in the Class 3A Morris Regional championship game. And they couldn’t be happier.

“We learned about them from that game,” Morris coach Jen Lowery said. “We learned about their offense and about their defense. They didn’t throw their top pitcher, but we didn’t, either. So it should be a different game.

“It was nice to see Ottawa beat LaSalle-Peru. L-P has been kind of a mental thing for us the last few years in the playoffs, and now we don’t have to see that uniform on the other side.”

The day before Morris lost the game to Ottawa last week, the Redskins had played a 13-inning game against Sycamore and were still feeling the effects of it. On Saturday, they will be rested and ready.

“The girls are as prepared as can they can be,” Lowery said. “We are going to come out ready to go Saturday. The girls are excited, especially being at home. Their fan base will be here, there will be a lot of people here for the baseball game, too. Some of them have brothers playing in that game. It should be an exciting day.”

Count senior third baseman Lauren Severson as someone that’s excited about playing.

“This is probably going to be the most fun game I have played in my four years here,” Severson said. “Plus, we’re at home, so we’re not going to have the pre-game jitters or anything like that. We all have confidence in each other.”

Morris started the season like a rocket, shooting out to a 16-1 record. They are 19-8 entering Saturday’s game, but feel rejuvenated after Tuesday’s 10-0 , 5-inning win over Sandwich.

“I think that 10-0 win showed us we are back,” Severson said. “The team we were a couple of weeks ago wouldn’t have won 10-0. It would have been a closer game. We showed ourselves that we are back to that winning team.

“There’s nothing like playing with these girls that I have played with my entire life. We are all familiar with each other and know what to do. We aren’t hesitant and do what we need to do. Once one of us starts hitting, we all start hitting. We need to do that, and play tough defense.”

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