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HVA 1-1 in ‘defensive, wild’ games

Hardin Valley Academy Baseball was especially defensive and uniquely wild last week.

The end result, in two road games, was a tough 2-1 loss at District 3-AAA rival Halls Tuesday, April 26, followed by a dramatic 11-8, 10-inning victory at Heritage Friday, April 29.

Despite the loss at Halls, HVA head coach Kirk Renegar said it was “definitely the best defensive game we've ever played” in the school's three season history.

“A lot of heads-up baseball. We executed two rundowns to perfection,” Renegar added, including an alert putout at third base by Hawks junior shortstop Jake Denton.

Halls, battling Powell for the No. 1 district tourney seed, won in walk-off fashion, breaking a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh.

“Outstanding baseball game, very well played on both sides,” added Renegar, whose Hawks entered the week at 10-5 in district and a chance to finish third with a Monday, May 2, home win against Powell (after deadline).

Overall, HVA stood at 15-10.

At Heritage, Clay Fielden's second grand slam of the season, breaking open a close game in the 10th inning, capped a six-run outburst late.

“Probably one of the wildest games I've ever been a part of,” Renegar said, as Heritage scored three in the bottom of the seventh to rally and force extra frames.

Ty Zollmann began the 10th with a solo home run.

The Mountaineers followed with three more runs in the bottom of the 10th before the Hawks prevailed.

Leading 5-2 through six innings, HVA starting pitcher Nathan Richardson “was as good as he's been all year for us on the mound,” Renegar said.

District tourney play, with Halls and Powell expected to be the top two seeds and host a pair of four-team divisions, was set to begin today, Thursday, May 5 (no schedule set as of deadline).


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