There are gut-wrenching ways to end your season and then, there is how North Central's 2013 baseball campaign came to an end.
Even the best tightrope walkers stub their toe every now and then.
A one-run loss to Pelion prevented the North Central softball team from winning the Region 3-AA title, but it could not put a damper on what to this point has been a successful regular season.
There was a rush to get everything done for senior night. After that, the buzzword for North Central was patience.
Closing its regular season with a five-inning, non-conference doubleheader with Buford, the North Central baseball team split Wednesday's twinbill in Lancaster County.
First, it was a winning season. Then, came a first-time berth in the state playoffs.
With spring break over, the North Central softball team needed to get back to winning games after losing two of three, including their first in Region 3-AA play, in the week leading up to having a week off.
In a season of firsts, this is the biggest of them all ... so far.
It just might be time to break out the rabbit's foot, find a four-leaf clover or, taking a page from "Major League," sacrifice a live chicken because doing everything in reverse did not work for North Central baseball coach Robbie Cash.
And then, there was one.
The North Central baseball program will hold a two-day, spring break mini-camp on Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2, in Boonetown.
North Central continued to score runs in bunches and still sits atop the Region 3-AA softball standings after a pair of conference victories over Columbia High and Fairfield Central last week.
For the first time in its brief history, the North Central High School tennis team is above the .500 mark.
There is nothing like hot pitching to warm up a cold night.
This was about as perfect a start as a first-year coach would want for his team.