Stratford softball surprising themselves with playoff run

Stratford's Kenna McElmurray pitches in a win for the Eagle's earlier this season. (Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The Stratford Academy softball team is in the elite eight and that phrase might come as a surprise to some, including the Stratford Eagles.

"Well we came into this season not expecting to make it as far as we have," said senior Tori Dover. "I think making it to the elite eight is a big accomplishment for us because we really didn't expect to do this."

The team lost two outstanding seniors from last year's squad and wasn't expecting much out of this season. However, after going 15-9 in the regular season and sweeping both Hebron Christian and Brookstone in the playoffs, the Eagles are still dancing and flying high.

"I think we've come back well and shown everyone how good we are and how we really reached our potential," said senior Evans McCook.

The Eagles make the trip to Columbus where they will take on Wesleyan in the state quarterfinals.

"We're all really excited that we get to got to Columbus," said senior Emma Davis. "This will be my third year and it's just so much fun and we're really looking forward to it."

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