November 6, 2006
Albany -- It's been a long wait for the Darton softball team.
The Lady Cavs finishing up their season in the national tournament last May, and Monday were presented their championship rings for winning the Region XVII title.
Head coach Blake Miller guiding Darton to a 36-22 record in his first season with the team.
It's the first time the Lady Cavs have won a region title in softball.
The Lady Cavs started the season with 22 players, and had just 15 in the national tournament, earning the coach the nickname "Killer Miller" from his players.
Miller says his team worked very hard to achieve its goals.
"They earned so much," says Miller. "These rings are symbolic for everybody else. For themselves, they've already proven to themselves what they can do."
Catcher Heather Chambers says, "The sophomores this year are ready to go. This ring next year is going to say "Nationals" on it, and the freshmen are going to come right along with us."
Miller says the title has had a tremendous effect on recruiting.
"This year we're looking very strong," says Miller. "This years recruiting, based on what we did last year is unbelievable, and our girls expect to win now."
The players are happy to finally be able to show off their championship hardware.
"We're all excited," says Chambers. "We just couldn't wait, it's been forever. We waited so long to get these rings and to finally get them is great."
The Lady Cavs will begin the defense of their Region championship in February.