LOCUST GROVE - Locust Grove High was in pursuit of their third straight region title in as many years and in the drivers seat of their destiny.
Locust Grove scored just three runs to claim their third straight region title Thursday. Marking a unique numbers game where they won on Oct. 3rd, by a 3-0 score for the three-peat.
When told his program completed the three-peat, Locust Grove head coach Chris Davis simply replied in disbelief.
"Really?" Davis said.
But that didn't throw him for a loop about what it means for him and the school.
"It's exciting, I told the girls that I'm proud of them," Davis said. "They weren't necessarily supposed to do it. A lot of people have graduated and we had a conversation before the game about a coach in our region who at the beginning of the season said we weren't going to be as good this year because we had lost all of our people.
"To me, I took that as a personal challenge but I think the girls took it as a personal challenge when they were told about it," he continued. "I'm just so darn proud of them. This one got me. This one was emotional."
This time around, the Lady Wildcats had something going for them. Locust Grove had a lot of rest prior to the game while Jones County had to battle 96 degree temperatures and a nail-biting finale against Ola High Thursday to get a second chance at the region title held firmly by Locust Grove.
Brooke McCubbin was in the circle this time around for the Lady Wildcats, much like the last time they faced Jones County on Wednesday. Through four innings, McCubbin was lights out.
47 pitches total and six strikeouts led to the programs' 1-0 lead through four innings.
"Brooke was throwing strikes and we were playing defense," Davis said. "We didn't make an error and we made every routine play. If we make every routine play with Brooke in the circle, we give ourselves a chance. She was ready to go. She wanted the ball."
Add in that she was the lone RBI getter to that point of the contest was interesting as well.
Locust Grove received some insurance in the fourth inning from the bat of Skylar Elkins who bounced a homerun over the fence to lead off the inning.
But it was just an offensively slow night for both sides. Sparse scoring for Locust Grove in the first, third and fifth innings was all the program needed against Jones County who couldn't break McCubbin's concentration in the circle.
Maybe there is something to the numbers game for Locust Grove with Thursdays event, they'll embark on their third straight state title journey.