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Shannon Greene, center, is met by teammates Shelby Turner, left, and Konner Patterson after her game-winnig, two-run single in McLouth's 5-4 regional championship win against Valley Falls. The Bulldogs are headed to state for the first time since 2011.

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Pratt or bust

McLouth High softball team looks to reach state again

McLouth High softball has some sizable cleats to fill, but coach Ballard Patterson usually finds a way to reload. Gone this year is Konner Patterson first-team all-state selection all four years. The third base specialist now is playing at Highland Community College. Catcher Amber McCown now is playing at Southwestern College in Winfield. And the team’s third senior from last year, Kayla Steffey, who also competed in track for the Bulldogs, played right field.

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Greene's walk-off powers McLouth softball to state

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Konner Patterson had seen this situation before. An early McLouth High lead evaporated with a trip to the state tournament on the line, setting up a do-or-die situation in the seventh inning.

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