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Florence Begins Road Towards Third Straight Title

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Down in the Bitterroot the Florence Falcons are getting ready for another softball season. The Falcons have been a Class B powerhouse, winning seven state titles since 2000 including the last two and a three peat is on their minds.

"Words can't describe what it was like to win two, so to win three, there aren't even words to describe how awesome that would be," said Junior Megan Byrne.

"I mean that's our goal every year is to win a state championship and I truly think they have what it takes to get it done," said Head Coach Rob Ralls.

So what has made Florence so successful?  They play a small ball style with a lot of bunting and slap hitting to get runners on base.

"I just think we do the fundamentals better than anyone with catching and throwing and playing small ball.  We do a lot of bunting and that has won us games," said Ralls.

"We have a lot of left handed hitters and we have some power as well, but it's really nice to use the short game to get somebody on base and then have the power hitters hit us around," said Junior Holly Hale.

Florence does have a few changes from last years squad as Rob Ralls takes over for longtime head coach Joe McKay. The Falcons also graduated four seniors three of which were four year starters and all state players.

"Oh yea we lost a ton of talent pitcher, catcher, first baseman, second baseman. So there are big shoes to fill but we have Nikki and Sarah now and I think they will do well and we are ready to play," said Byrne.

"I feel all the upcoming freshman have really made us better and I feel we will be very good this year," Junior Micayla Cole.

Florence is off to a hot start to the season and the players say they love playing for a program that has a standard of winning.

"Well it's very nice because we have expectations here and I really like having that pressure to achieve because it makes us stronger," said Hale.

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