Kelsey Nunley closes out state title, finally

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A couple of low-key fist pumps, then exit stage right.

That's how the star of Soddy-Daisy's show departed from high school softball for the final time, just after her 12th strikeout capped the Lady Trojans' 7-0 victory over Daniel Boone in the Class AAA state championship game Saturday at Starplex No. 1.

Kelsey Nunley already had one state-championship ring. But now she has one coming that she'll acknowledge, because she earned it.

From the time she gashed a finger on her pitching hand during a Soddy-Daisy celebration after the winners-bracket final her sophomore year, Nunley has been on a mission to be the one in the pitching circle for the last out in a state final.