Isaac Humphries has already made one dream come true. Now, it's time for another.
"It's been difficult," Central Hardin coach Jamie Goodman said. "You've got to keep them enthused, keep them on the right track."
Central Hardin will play Pendleton County in the state quarterfinals on Friday, while Male will face Boyle County.
The Tigers used a six-run third to power past Ballard 8-0 in a region quarterfinal game on their home field Saturday.
A team that has just one senior is just the third team in the fast-pitch era of Kentucky High School softball to finish the regular season without a loss.
Carley O'Neill has come a long way from that bored middle schooler who was tired of sitting in the stands.
The NCAA Championships are May 23-29 at the Blessings Course in Fayettevile.
Louisville earned an at-large bid to the tournament after finishing 33-21 in the first year under Holly Aprile.