City View's softball team is coming off the heels of a thrilling two-game sweep over Brock, the former top-ranked team in Class 2A. The road to the state championship remains tough, with a match-up with seventh-ranked Crawford on the horizon.
As City View looks to keep its postseason run alive, the Lady Mustangs will be relying heavily on senior pitcher Ciara Clampitt.
"She goes up there with that attitude that she's going to attack every batter individually and take it one out at a time and do what she can to help give this team the most success," City View head softball coach Adam Arrington said.
The success Arrington is talking about has been 12 straight wins since Clampitt became eligible to play after transferring from Burkburnett. She struck out 20 in a 10-inning battle in game one against Brock, then pitched seven-shutout innings and drove in the eventual game-winning runs the following day for game two.
This is the farthest any City View team in any sport has advanced in the playoffs. Clampett says she thrives under the pressure.
"I've been doing it since I was a young kid, can't imagine anything else. I love being on the mound and being able to control the outcome of the game," Clampitt said.
Her head coach says it's a strictly-business attitude when Clampitt enters the circle, and with that attitude comes a confidence in a dugout.
"We have a lot more want to, cause she's good. It gets our momentum up when she's out there doing her best," senior center fielder Taylor Payne said. "It makes us want to do our best, so it all comes around."
The Lady Mustangs will play in a Best of 3 Regional Semifinal series against the Lady Pirates at Keller Central High School.
First game is set for 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Second game is 7:00 p.m. Friday, with a third game set for 1:00 p.m. Saturday.