COPLEY — Unless they make a deep postseason run, they will not have a winning season.

But if you’ve been where the Copley Indians have been in recent years, you can understand coach John Virgin’s enthusiasm.

And the best part? The Indians extended their season for another day with a 7-4 victory over visiting Cuyahoga Falls in a Barberton Division I sectional semifinal softball game Monday.

The seventh-seeded Indians (8-12) advanced to visit second-seeded Wadsworth in a sectional title game at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

So why does this win have some significance? Copley’s total of eight wins this spring is higher than either of its previous two seasons, and the Indians will lose just three seniors to graduation.

“We’re getting better,” Virgin said. “They’re really progressing. I’m really proud of where we’re at and how we’re doing.”

Falls is following a similar long-term plan.

The Black Tigers (8-12) had five sophomores and one freshman in the starting lineup throughout the season.

“They’re a nice group of kids,” Falls coach Kim Applegarth said. “They’re young, so we knew we would take our lumps. They’re still learning. We have a bright future ahead of us.”

The Black Tigers struck first against their Suburban League crossover rival, taking advantage of an infield error and using a run-scoring single to left field by sophomore Tommie Thompson to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the second.

The Indians tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a two-run double by freshman shortstop Amanda Lillis, but the Black Tigers went up 3-2 when senior Janella Farmer, a four-year starter, ripped a double to the right-center field gap to score sophomore Carly Hanchin in the third.

But the Indians took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the third. Junior left fielder Michelle Caye delivered the big blow when she smashed a two-run double down the left-field line to put Copley up 4-3. Senior Kendal Farren made it 5-3 with a run-scoring single and freshman Katie Powell (3-2), who went the distance in the circle, then crushed a run-scoring double to the right-center field gap.

The Indians increased their lead to 7-3 in the fourth when senior Lexy Cingras, who finished with three hits, ripped a two-out single to score junior catcher Sammi Adams, who had smacked a double.

The Indians finished 8 for 16 with runners on base and 5 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

“This team has a history of doing that,” Virgin said. “We’re very capable of playing and competing with everybody if we come to play.”