If you want something badly enough, you can make it happen.
It was one year ago during a welcome home reception for the Clarke’s runner-up state softball team that Coach Lindsay Diehl said, “We’re going to go back next year and we’re going to win the whole thing.”
She was right.
The 3A softball title game was a championship rematch between Clarke and Bondurant-Farrar.
Unlike last year, the odds turned in Clarke’s favor with the Lady Indians winning 7-6 after a walkoff home run by senior Carley Robins.
Back in town
After winning the title game Friday afternoon, the softball team was escorted into Osceola by a fleet of law enforcement vehicles.
The last time Clarke won a softball championship title was in 1995.
A homecoming reception pep rally was held Friday evening as dusk began to fall and the lights were turned on around the courthouse square.
As the vehicles pulled in, “We Are The Champions,” by Queen was blared over the sound speakers that were set up.
Once the team and coaches made their way to the bandstand, the crowd erupted with cheers of “Coach, coach, coach, coach!”
They wanted to hear a victory speech, and they got one.
As Diehl made her way to the center of the stage, someone shouted to her, “Don’t cry!”
“Yeah, I’ve cried enough,” Diehl said. “I don’t know if I have any more tears left, but, I was there in 1995 when they won the state championship as a seventh grader. I couldn’t imagine what that feeling was like, and I finally get to say that I took a bunch of kids up to Fort Dodge and we know what that feeling is like to bring home a championship!”
Later on in the rally, the softball team danced to Miley Cyrus’ song, “We Can’t Stop.” It was their unofficial anthem from the 2013 season.
A special cake that had been baked and decorated only a few hours before the rally was presented to the team.
At first, the cake was cut into even pieces and the girls ate it with good manners.
However, the situation turned into a good-natured recipe for disaster because cake and frosting soon ended up getting smashed into people’s faces.
Diehl said she wanted to thank the crowd for supporting the team and celebrating the win.
Throughout the entire rally, Diehl had to pause in her speech for cheers, whistles and applause.
She joked that it seemed like the evening’s crowd was made up of the entire population of Osceola.
“This group of kids is so special,” Diehl said. “They have made a tradition that I plan on going back to Fort Dodge over and over, so I hope that you’ll do it with us again next year. Thank you so much.”