BRIDGEWATER (WHSV) -- Turner Ashby softball is one of four teams left still playing for a state title, which will be awarded this weekend in Lynchburg.
For the Knights, a championship would end a drought of ten years since it's first and only state crown back in 2004. Turner Ashby will have its final practice Thursday before Friday's state semifinals.
TA held a perfect 24-0 record before losing to Brookville in the regional championship last weekend by three runs.
But with the pressure off of going undefeated this season, the team is actually more relaxed, which -- according to the players -- is when the Knights play their best softball.
"We've said all year that we're a team that does our best when we're relaxed and having fun,” Turner Ashby junior catcher Bre Bosley said.
“I mean there is that fine line between having fun and goofing off...Even though we were undefeated, that doesn't mean that we were invincible. We have to want every game just like it could be our last.
Turner Ashby, as the 3A-West runner-up plays Brentsville District at noon on Friday. The winner will play either Brookville or Park View-South Hill on Saturday. All three games take place at Liberty University.
"We had never really been down in a game like that before so now they've felt it and they've now felt what it feels like to lose. That they don't want that to happen again,” Turner Ashby head coach Laura Bowman said.
“They are so competitive with each other and so competitive within themselves that they are so hungry to get better and to win that we really don't have to drive it in to em. It's instilled."
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