OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) The Oshkosh North softball team is rolling, ranked #1 in the state and leaving no doubt every time out. The Spartans are 22-0 overall after a 19-1 win Thursday night that featured 5 more home runs. But with a record like that comes a target on the Spartans’ backs.
“I think it's definitely humbling to know we are going to face every team's ace and their top players, but it's also really good for us,” said senior Sydney Supple. “We know we have to bring our "A" game to beat anyone in the FVA, or anyone in the state. There are a lot of talented teams out there, so it pushes us to be our best, and never take an inning off or a game off. I think specifically this year we have more depth than ever.”
That depth have shown itself game after game. In fact, back-to-back Gatorade state Player of the Year Sydney Supple, going for the three-peat this year, has been going back and forth for the state home runs lead with Libby Neveau.
“Well it is really special and we are really close and have the friendly competition between all of us,” Neveau said. “I don't know, it is just great hitting the long ball back to back.
And as a team, the Spartans have knocked it out of the park 38 times so far.
“We call it out Softball Dinger Bucket,” Neveau said of their collection of home runs balls. “It just keeps filling up, game after game.”
Oshkosh North is 15-0 in the strong FVA conference. And the Spartans are out-scoring conference opponents by an insane 186-7 margin. But the Spartans have maintained a laser focus through all the success, seeking an elusive state title. After making it to Madison but coming up short in 2016 and 2017, they went 25-1 last year before being upset in the first round of the playoffs.
“We have talked about it,” said coach Ken Dischler. “They haven't accomplished what they really want to accomplish yet. So that certainly keeps the focus and keeps the drive going. The ultimate goal is still out there.”
”Our team has always had a target on our backs, especially after our freshman season when we shocked a lot of people by going down to (the State Tournament),” Supple said. “Our team has always been looked at. But we really embrace that role that people are following us. We just focus to keep on pushing our team even further ahead of everyone else.”