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Bentonville Softball Enjoying Best Start Ever

The Bentonville Lady Tigers are off to their best start in school history, with an undefeated conference record, as they eye a state title.

BENTONVILLE (KFSM) - It's the best start in school history for the Bentonville Lady Tigers, who are 21-1 overall and 12-0 in conference play.

"It proves that you are the best team over the year," coach Kent Early said. "Not just a weekend. Not just a day. You are the entire [year] because you face everybody twice, and our conference is tough."

But it's the work they've put in off the field they say have helped them lead the way in the 7A-West this season.

"We've been working up to this point since the beginning of August," junior pitcher Madison Prough said. "We started in the off season with weight lifting, and just working on fundamentals. Then we really came together as a team as the season went on, and I feel like we all came here to play and win, and we got it done."

The Lady Tigers are on a roll. With a big 9-4 win last week over the Roger's Lady Mounties, Bentonville sealed a first round bye in the state tournament.

"It was huge. Today's win sealed at least a share of the conference title. Now, next Tuesday when we play Heritage, that determines the outright championship," Early said.

The momentum is huge for these ladies as the post season draws near.

"It just gave us a lot of confidence," junior short stop Payton Wildeman said. "That's what our big goal for today was because we need to take it one step at a time, and that was the first one to getting to state."

But their focus is one game at time, one pitch at a time to reach their goals.

"We just want to play our best every game, and never let one pitch go without trying our hardest," Wildeman said.