Rising Sun is a long trip from Hope, but North Daviess, in Elnora off State Road 58, is even a longer one. However, Coach Andy Brunner and his Lady Jets certainly won't mind the traveling 96 miles to the North Daviess Semi-State to extend their great season, about 20 miles more than to the Rising Sun Sectional. And they just have to make this trip once! Besides, the cornfields that surround the diamond will look very familiar. Hauser earned the right to play the 10:30 game against Trinity Lutheran, a team that beat West Washington 5-2. They will hopefully play again at 7:00 against the winner of the Tecumseh and Clay City game that follows at 12.

The Hauser Regional featured Indianapolis Lutheran and Hauser, a game we were able to win 17 to 2 in five innings. The final score was not indicative of the fight in the Saints. The Jets just took control of the game early by scoring six runs. I don't know of a coach who doesn't like their chances in a competitive tourney game after scoring that many runs early. Then, Hauser scored two more runs in the second, six in the third, and three in the fourth. They kept the pressure on, a key to the final victory.

Both teams put the ball in play consistently. The Lady Jets just found more holes and ended up with 17 hits, several doubles mixed in with a lot of singles, compared to only six for the Lady Saints. Trinity managed to score one run in the second inning and in the fourth. There were a few errors by both teams while the preference, of course, is to be error free. Hauser was also successfully aggressive on the base paths and did a superior job of hustling to back one another up as coached.

To be ranked in the Top 5 in Class A is quite an accomplishment. It takes much devotion and a belief in the abilities in oneself, in teammates, and in the program. This belief is obvious, and this team is special!

It is always good to have fan support, and it was evident during the evening for Indianapolis Lutheran and Hauser, a trip of about one hour for the fans of the Saints. Even though North Daviess is a forever trip, I know many in the Hauser Nation will gladly make it to cheer on their team, a team that has provided much to cheer about throughout the season and will provide even more opportunities as they have advanced once again in tournament play.