Those close to the softball program at Central (Champaign, Ill.)
still are celebrating today.
On Saturday Central out-slugged Eisenhower (Decatur, Ill.) 26-22 to snap a 56-game losing streak. The Maroons had not won since May 4, 2010. During the losing streak they had been beaten 54 times by 10 or more runs - including the last 30. Their record now is 1-21, while Eisenhower's record fell to 0-17.
The Maroons scored 15 times in the fourth inning to take a 24-22 lead and later added two more runs. The second game of a scheduled doubleheader was rained out.
First-year varsity coach Ashley Bordeaux told the News-Gazette, "It was unbelievable. It actually brought the team together like they've never been before. There are a couple of girls I've been coaching since their first year and this was their first win in three years on any level. Everybody was crying. It was crazy."
In case you're wondering, the Maroons weren't even close to the Champaign area record. It's 149 consecutive losses by Urbana (Ill.), which ended in 1995.