FAIRBANKS, AK-Not too many teams can say they went undefeated unless you were a part of the 1972 Miami Dolphins team. The Malemutes are now in the conversation.This weekend they have the opportunity to continue their amazing winning streak which something they don't really think about.
The undefeated Lathrop Malemutes practicing at Growden Memorial Park today before heading out to the state tournament tomorrow in Anchorage. Going 18-0 was just a by-product of a team that had one goal and it wasn't winning every game.
"That was not one of our goals. One of our goals was to be a conference champion," Lathrop softball head coach Bill Duffield said. "We accomplished that and now we're headed to state and try to accomplish our second goal."
They have playmakers at every position like Tina Persinger, Kacey Duffield and Ciara Olalde who are major hitters but first baseman Selena Maxwell has a hit in every single game for Lathrop.
"Well at the beginning of the year my goal was to hit better than I did last year and so far I have and it's been good to accomplish it. But also it's good to have people before and people after me who can hit, Maxwell said.
The aces are the Duffield sisters Kacey and Kimi, the coach's daughters who get their share of strikeouts but it's more about what's behind them than the batter in front of them.
"We also have a great defense behind us so our second baseman has been making stellar plays, our whole infield has been making stellar plays, so that's been really helpful. So our pitching and defense has been really nice," Kacey Duffield said.
They've won in just about every way this year and now it's time to take all of that winning experience to the big show-the state tournament.
"Just keep doing what they're doing. You know, we're hitting the ball well. We're playing great defense. The pitching has been great," Coach Duffield said. "Just keep doing what they're doing and just fine tune maybe our base running a little bit. We've had a little problem with that this year but the girls have been working hard and I think we'll be ok there. If we can put all that together we'll have a successful tournament."