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No surprise, Depew softball wins another division title

Another year and another championship for the Depew High School softball team.

The Wildcats continued their dominance of ECIC-III and secured their third straight division championship and fourth in five years on Tuesday with a 10-5 win over rival Maryvale.

“It’s great,” senior third baseman Caitlyn Carter said. “I knew our team could do it. We worked hard and it’s great to get it.”

The win was the 32nd straight league victory for the Wildcats, who last lost to an ECIC-III foe on April 14, 2011 at Cheektowaga Central.

“It’s nice thinking about it,” said senior pitcher/outfielder Lauren Yaskow, “knowing what the team has to do every day and then everyone goes out and does it. I’m really proud of everybody.”

Many of the names have changed through the years, but the results haven’t. Depew has gotten contributions from eighth-graders to seniors and everyone in between.

“We have a great bunch of girls,” Depew coach Dan Seelig said after receiving a water dousing from his players following the clincher. “And they all play for each other and they all do what the team needs and what the program needs.”

The win over Maryvale moved the Wildcats to 11-0 in league play. It was rather appropriate that clutch hitting made all the difference as the Wildcats seized command with a big two-out rally in the fourth inning.

“We work well as a team and the offense is always great,” Carter said. “We have a solid 1 through 9.”

The next focus is on the Class B-1 playoffs. The Wildcats will be one of the teams to beat, as always, as they try to get to a fourth straight sectional championship game.

“Heading into the playoffs, now I have to do my homework and make sure I see everybody,” Seelig said, “because no game is going to be easy for us, we know that.”

The Wildcats are prepared to put the work in and make another postseason run. With the pitching, hitting and defense, they may have more championship celebrations in the near future.

“It feels great and I hope it continues,” said Yaskow, who played a starring role on the 2011 sectional championship team. “Senior year, I want to go out with a bang.”

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