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Kelly High School softball team heads to state

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SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

The Kelly High School Softball team boarded a bus Thursday morning for the Class 2 State Semifinals in Springfield.

This is the 15th time in school's history they've made the final four, but parents, players and coaches said it never gets old.

"I believe that we will win," chanted the Kelly High School assembly crowd.

It's a belief that the Kelly High School softball team will bring home a state title win.

"The atmosphere right now the girls are on cloud nine, ready to go, I almost wish we were paying today because they're just set and ready to go they're so excited," said Softball Coach Rhonda Ratledge.

Ratledge said it has taken lots of hard work and long practices to get to this point of cheering and clapping.

"I think we've been to everyone this year already," said Germaine LeGrand.

LeGrand has a granddaughter on the team and said everyone is talking about the trip to state.

"The community backs Kelly High School and they backs the girls and they're involved in the school, and everything, so not only are they playing for the school, they're playing for the whole community," LeGrand said.

"It's kind of the thing Kelly is known for, and that's one of the good parts and everybody comes out and supports," said parent Neal Ledure.

"We have people coming out, they don't even have any kids left here at Kelly, or their girls had once played and they're still coming out to support us, and that means a whole lot," Ratledge said.

"I think it pumps us up more, and it gets us more ready for state that way," said Kim Burger.

Burger was on the 1997 team that brought home a state title. She knows how it feels to have the Kelly fans in your dugout.

"It just makes you feel really good, makes you not so nervous, when you've got the whole community supporting you," Burger said.

Now they're supporting by continuing a tradition. Fans line the hallways of the high school Thursday as the players ran through.

"We want to thank our fans for supporting us all the way up to state," said player Samantha Ratledge.

The girls climbed on the bus not just as a team, but as a community wanting a win.

"We just want to come home with that first place trophy," said Alexis Dock.

The last time the school won a state title was in 2004. So, they all said it's time for another championship win.

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