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Offense carrying HVA Softball

Senior Laura Hensley, Hardin Valley Academy staff ace pitcher, fires to the plate against District 3-AAA opponent Powell Monday evening, April 4, at HVA. Hensley and her Lady Hawks were geting roughed up, 10-2, when heavy rain postponed the game afte- Dan Barile/farragutpress
Surrounded by pouring rain while seemingly trapped in her team's third base dugout Monday evening, Hardin Valley Academy Softball head coach Whitney Hickam reflected on her team's strengths and weaknesses through nine games.

“Hitting wise we're doing alright; right now where we've got to improve is defense and pitching,” said Hickam, her team temporarily bailed out after Powell came to HVA April 4 and pounded the Lady Hawks through three innings, 10-2, before powerful gusts of wind brought heavy rain.

“I've always told the girls you've got to win two out of those three categories to win a ballgame: defense, offense and pitching,” she added. “Offensively, we're hitting the ball. Right now, defense and pitching, we're not getting it done.”

Through Monday, the Lady Hawks carried a 5-4 overall record, 2-2 in District 3-AAA.

Individually, “McCall Beckler, she been consistent offensively and defensively,” Hickam said about her junior catcher. “Laura [Hensley's] hitting towards the end of last week was coming on. Emily [Cox], our other senior, has been pretty consistent at the plate.”

Hardin Valley overcame a 3-0 deficit to edge Alcoa 5-4 Friday, April 1.

Two hits from staff ace pitcher Hensley, a Beckler triple plus a double by Jasmine Langston were among the key hits.

Pinch-runner Megan Barnett scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth: stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a wild pitch.

The Lady Hawks collected a 10-0 district home victory against Campbell County March 28.

One day later, Central visited HVA and broke open a 1-1 fifth-inning tie in dramatic fashion, beating HVA 15-2.

“That score does not reflect the game. … We had a couple of breakdowns and they came up with a couple of clutch hits, and the next thing you know, we found ourselves in an inning we couldn't get out of,” Hickam said.


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