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HVA soccer four minutes from region
Hawks baseball, softball each win first-ever District 4-AAA tourney game


Hardin Valley Academy’s boys soccer team was less than four minutes from a Region 2-AAA berth and upset versus District 3-AAA tourney powerhouse West.

But the Rebs scored late in regulation and won in OT 3-2, ending No. 3 seed HVA’s season at 8-5-2.

Meanwhile, Hawks baseball and HVA softball both won their first-ever district tourney games before bowing out in their inaugural seasons. (More on diamond teams later in this story).

About his team’s painful soccer loss to West in the 3-AAA semifinals last week, HVA head coach Mike McLean said, “It was heartbreaking, but it was actually pretty rewarding to know that we’ve come so far.” Individually, McLean praised goalkeeper Joey Hinshaw for keeping HVA in the West game. “Their coach came up to me after the game and said, ‘This is the best keeper in the district.’” Also praised were center-midfielder Dalton Guzman, defender Garrett Hay and forward Jonathan Perelman.


DIAMOND TEAMS

Avenging an 8-7 loss to Campbell County two days before, the baseball Hawks beat CCHS on the road 7-4 during the District 3-AAA tourney’s “play-in game” May 7.

“That was huge for our program,” said HVA head coach Kirk Renegar, whose program ended its first season with four wins, two in 3-AAA. “The kids really regrouped well and rallied together.”

Individually in the win versus CCHS, Chase Kirk had three hits and two RBI, including the program’s first-ever inside-the-park home run. Bryan Kolwyck and Jake Denton each added two hits.

Right fielder Elliot Whitt and third baseman Graham Rowan were Honorable Mention 3-AAA.

Hardin Valley softball beat Oak Ridge 7-2 in opening round 3-AAA tourney play. Head coach Michael Fredieu’s team ends its inaugural season 7-12, 6-11 in 3-AAA.

Individually, Fredieu said, “Michelle Owens played really well for us at third ... finished the season strong. Courtney Fraker, our right fielder, she stepped up at the plate. ... McCall [Beckler] did an outstanding job behind the plate the entire season. Taylor Seagle [left field], she made some really good plays. ... Saved some runs.”

 

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