The year was 1999. The softball team at East Windsor High had a special bond.
The Panthers' fields were under construction, so the players would all pile in coach Karen Drake's red van, turn on the TV or crank up the radio, and set off with "Drakey" at the wheel to practice at Osborn Field.
"That van would just go rocking right down South Water Street until we got there," Drake said. "We had so many good times. They were into what we were doing. They loved to be out there."
East Windsor wasn't a powerhouse by any means. Even as a Class S school, it was small. The year before, a local paper had described the athletic teams at the school as...