"I don't really think anyone expected us to come like this because Liberty is really not looked at for sports. So we're a strong team," Liberty senior infielder Megan Morton said.
That is the truth. Nobody expected much out of the Mountaineers in 2014. But a 12-2 record to go with a No. 5 ranking in the state has opened the eyes of everyone across the area.
"I think that we just work together and keep each other up and keep each other focused," Mountaineers junior catcher Kaylee Ritter said. "I think that's what has really gotten us this far. We don't let ourselves get down. We keep working hard and I think that's why we're as good as were are."
"Last year, we struggled a little bit hitting," Liberty senior infielder Alyssa Jones said. "But this year, we come out and we're more aggressive at the plate and we're ready to jump on that first pitch. We've already had four home runs hit."
Liberty has posted double-digit runs five times this season. It's a turnaround that Head Coach Haleigh Wolfe said is only possible thanks to a newfound leadership within the locker room.
"We have a lot of good senior leadership on our team," Wolfe said. "That's really what has helped us stay focused. It's kind of what has helped guide the younger ones that we have playing for us."
The Liberty softball team has never advanced to the State Tournament in Vienna. They're planning on changing that this year.
"If we get there, it would mean a lot to this school because not a lot of our sports teams get there. For me, it would mean the world," Morton added.
"I think it would mean a lot," Ritter said. It would mean a lot to me personally. I'm dying to go to states. I think it would mean a lot to this school if we made it."
"Being able to be the one that people respect us, not looking at down on us and not looking at us like a batting practice -- that means the world to us. Being able to look at the other teams, we still have respect for them, but now they have to prove themselves to us," Jones stated.