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Softball: H.E.A.R.T and community support send the Cardinals to Madison

The Prescott Cardinals softball team is one of 24 squads left competing in the 2018 WIAA softball season. The Cardinals have outlasted nearly 400 other teams and are now on to the Division 3 state tournament where they'll face the Tomahawk Hatchets in the Friday, June 8, semifinals at Goodman Diamond in Madison.

But before the Cardinals made the trek to Madtown, Prescott High School took a well-deserved moment to recognize what their favorite high school softball team has already accomplished this season.

A mixture of H.E.A.R.T, community support and pure talent has led the Cardinals to a 22-3 record, a mere 51 runs given up, 26 total errors and a state tournament bid.

"I could spend the whole afternoon talking about everyone up here," Prescott's head coach Matt Smith said in front of a crowd of Cardinal Nation fans at the softball team's pep fest on Wednesday, June 6, referring to his state-bound softball players. "I couldn't be more proud of them and what they've accomplished. The way they've come together collectively says a lot about their true team mentality."

And as always, Smith and his players took the time to not only pat themselves on the back, but also recognized the numerous fans whose relentless support has made their upcoming trip to Madison possible.

"We didn't get here on our own," Smith said. "You look at our home games, and it's quite the atmosphere: the music, the brats cooking, we have our patio sets out there. Our home game against Altoona, that's the most fan support I've seen at a high school softball game in a long, long time. It's special for that support to happen, and for the girls to be able to feed off of that, that's something that they can use as momentum."

The Cardinals will face the Hatchets at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 8.

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