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Improvement comes with losing pains for HVA baseball
Renegar praises Hawks JVs in win at Clinton

Though Hardin Valley Academy’s baseball losses pile up, head coach Kirk Renegar spots silver linings within individual performances that bode well for future team success.

Entering the week 0-8, Hardin Valley dropped a doubleheader at Oak Ridge, 10-1, 8-1, Tuesday, March 17, then suffered an 8-4 setback versus Clinton at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City one day later.

Nevertheless, Renegar said his pitching staff is starting to realize “at this level it’s not enough just to be able to throw a curveball, but you have to have command of the pitch. Same deal with the change-up.

“With fastballs, not only being able to throw it across the plate but being able to move it in, out, up and down,” he added. “We’ve seen steady improvement each time out with all of our guys.

“They continue to make small strikes each time out.”

Renegar praised sophomore pitcher Nathan Richardson for “command of his fastball, breaking ball, change-up” in various innings of work. “It’s just a matter of time before he figures it out mechanically to where he can duplicate those good innings.

“When he can do that, I think we’ll find ourselves in position to win baseball games.”

Offensively, Renegar still labels Graham Rowan and Elliot Whitt “really our two best hitters.”

Meanwhile, lead-off hitter /designated hitter Zach Ahmad is batting a red-hot .462 with an on-base percentage of .611, “which is obviously outstanding,” Renegar said of the sophomore. “He’s really proven to be a guy that is able to see a lot of pitches. Doesn’t strike out a lot. Gets walks. Can run.”

Against Clinton, Renegar praised junior catcher Stephen Revilla. “Number one, he caught a heck of a game, blocked the baseball tremendously,” the coach said. “I think he threw out two runners.

“And he had a big double and scored two runs. And stole third base.”


The Hawks junior varsity blanked Clinton 7-0 March 18. “It was big for our program, we needed a win in the worst kind of way,” Renegar said.

Pitchers Brian Griffith and Nick Simonelli, both sophomores, and junior Tyler DelGiudice “all had a great day,” Renegar said. “They were able to throw three pitches for strikes.”


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