An historic season for the Male High School softball team got even better Thursday.
The Bulldogs jumped two spots to No. 1 in the final USA Today Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Super 25 poll, earning national championship honors.
Male completed a 39-0 season Saturday, beating Warren East 6-1 to capture the first state championship in program history. The Bulldogs became the second undefeated state champion in Kentucky history, joining Greenwood (44-0 in 2013).
Male entered the tournament ranked No. 3 in the nation but jumped over Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Mississippi) and Norco (California) in the final poll.
Male’s results against out-of-state competition strengthened its case for the national championship. The Bulldogs beat Indiana Class 3A state champion New Palestine 6-2 on May 4. New Palestine finished No. 11 in the Super 25. Male also beat Alabama powers Spain Park (15-1) and Bob Jones (7-0 and 6-5).
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Male finished No. 4 in the final MaxPreps.com national rankings. Norco was named the national champion and was followed by Foothill (Pleasanton, California) and Winter Springs (Florida).
With just one senior on the roster – second baseman Madison McCoy – Male figures to be in the hunt for state and national championships again in 2020. The Bulldogs also expect junior shortstop Morgan Zuege to return after she was limited to just 10 games this season because of a hamstring injury.
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