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Updated: March 26, 2009, 3:51 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

Softball - Simi Valley

The Pioneers entered the 2008 Division I finals riding high. Sporting a spotless 30-0 record, coach Russ Michael's squad had a chance at a mythical national championship with a win over Valencia in that contest. But the Vikings prevailed, 3-0, ruining Simi Valley's chance at perfection. Michael thinks his team's lack of big-game experience played a large role in the defeat. "It was a tremendous amount of pressure," the sixth-year head coach says. That ...

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