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'It burns': Cowan softball driven to win semistate title after heartbreaking 2021 loss

MUNCIE, Ind. — Cowan softball doesn't like talking about how last season ended, yet the players can't get it out of their heads.

The Blackhawks scored two runs in the first inning of their 2021 semistate championship, only to slowly watch their advantage dwindle until Northfield hoisted the trophy after 11 innings.

The team was three outs from the first semistate title in program history. The win slipped away, but that feeling hasn't, and they planned to use that pain as motivation to try to change the outcome this time.

"I think about it a lot.