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HVA hurlers huge in ‘big’ win at Powell

Taming “one of the best offensive teams I've seen since I've been here,” Hardin Valley Academy pitching held Powell's powerful offense largely in check according HVA head coach Kirk Renegar.

“We had a pretty important win, that's probably one of the more exciting games I've been a part of since I've been here,” Renegar added about the 3-2 District 3-AAA road victory Monday, April 28.

“Chase Kirk started the game for us, and was phenomenal,” Renegar said about his junior pitcher who went 6 1/3 innings yet threw only 74 pitches with no walks while keeping Panther hitters “off stride with a fastball, good slider and change-up.

“And we played great defense behind him.”

Offensively, Jake Denton had an RBI groudout, while Anthony Gambuzza laid down a successful suicide squeeze and Elliot Whitt drove in the eventual game-winning run with a sac fly in the seventh.

Hawk Ben Barnett was 2-of-3 at the plate and scored two of HVA's three runs.

Two Powell runs in the bottom of the seventh “made it very interesting,” Renegar said, but Tommy Weiler relieved Kirk and got out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout to end the game.

Improving to 15-11 after the win, Hardin Valley's district record stood at 10-4, putting it “somewhere in a tie for third place” in league standings according to Renegar.

The Hawks went 2-1 over a six-day span, coming from behind to beat Sequoyah 8-5 at HVA Thursday, April 21.

Weiler got the win in relief “and stopped them from scoring,” Renegar said.

Hardin Valley's one loss came Saturday at Grace Christian Academy, 12-6.

Against Grace Christian, HVA scored three in the top of the first only to see GCA trump that with seven runs — all scored with two outs — during its first at-bat.

“We battled back and got close, but they pulled away at the end,” Renegar said.


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