Before the district tournament championship, Paul Laurence Dunbar Coach Mike Wainscott called Lafayette "the team to beat."
He didn't just mean in the district tournament.
The fourth-ranked Generals also are the team to beat in the 11th Region Tournament, which starts Monday at the University of Kentucky Softball Complex.
The problem with that, as Lafayette Coach Dana Taylor sees it, is even if the Generals are the team to beat, there are actually teams in this tournament that have had some success at beating them.
"I don't think we should be considered the favorite," she said after Saturday's draw. "Two of our four losses are to teams in this tournament, teams that are on our side of the bracket."
If Lafayette wins its tournament opener versus Model on Monday, the Generals will have a date with one of those teams in No. 10 Scott County or No. 21 Western Hills.
The Generals have won 20 of their last 21 games and 11 straight coming into the tournament, which concludes in a championship game Wednesday night.
The 11th Region winner goes onto the state tournament in Owensboro, which runs June 11-12.
Taylor said the Generals, who are averaging nearly eight runs a game, are quietly confident, but still have a chip on their shoulders.
"We're still trying to earn the respect our program deserves," she said. "In pre-season polls, we weren't in top three in our region.
"We still have something to prove to everybody."
That chance could come as early as Tuesday against the Cardinals, who have won six in a row and topped Lafayette 2-1 in the season opener or versus the Wolverines, who have won two of their last three games.
In the teams' regular-season matchup, Scott County bested Western Hills 5-3.
The tournament's only other ranked team, No. 23 Franklin County, is on the other side of the bracket. The Flyers, who meet Bryan Station in the first game, are the defending region champions.
Franklin County has won nine in a row and 10 of its last 11 games.
Station is making its second straight trip to the region.
The winner of that game will meet the Paul Laurence Dunbar-Madison Central winner.
A Lexington team has not won the 11th Region since 2005, when Dunbar did it.
The Generals last won it in 2004 and would like to get back there again as one of the top four teams in the state, according to the rankings.
Taylor thinks they can do it as long as they keep believing that they can.
"They believe in themselves and they believe in each other," she said. "That's the perfect attitude to have at this time of the year."