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      10th Ranked Darton State Embracing the National Challenge

      On any given day at Darton State College, the sound of softballs sprayed across the Cavalier outfield can be heard all the way to Gillionville Road.

      The ping of the Darton State bat is the constant beat that will drive the 2013 offense.

      (The offense) it TMs a lot better than last year|just solid through and through. Our offense is going to set us apart this year, Darton State Catcher Holly Smith said.

      If someone doesn TMt do well, there TMs always going to be someone behind them to pick them up. It TMs very consistent, Pitcher Jenny Willis added.

      With region titles and NJCAA World Series appearances, consistency defines the Lady Cavaliers program. Darton State opens the season ranked tenth in the nation and is embracing those lofty expectations.

      I don TMt shy away from it. I think our kids worked hard, so I TMm not going to say our kids don TMt deserve it, but we keep it in perspective, Dews said.

      After a dominant 47-12 record last season, the Lady Cavs surprisingly lost in the region tournament. Rather than looking back, the Darton State sophomores have taken matters in to their own hands.

      Just a lack of focus (last year). That TMs one thing we TMre trying to work on in practice this year is coming out focused. When we step through the gate- we focus. It TMs just all about the mental aspect of the game, Smith said.

      Just can TMt let it happen again this year. That was really tough and we TMre just ready to bounce back ten times harder this year, Willis said.