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Powell ‘huge win’ for HVA Softball

Avenging an earlier blowout loss to Powell at Hardin Valley Academy, the HVA Lady Hawks Softball team grabbed its “biggest win of the season” at PHS last week according to its head coach.

Hardin Valley held on for dear life, working out of a bases-loaded sixth-inning jam to edge the Lady Panthers 4-3 Monday, April 25.

“They hung in there; we actually had to deal with a little rain delay … 30, 45 minutes,” HVA head coach Whitney Hickam, whose team stood at 10-11 overall, 6-8 in District 3-AAA entering the week. “We held them in the seventh and won the game. The kids, they were really excited about it.

“That's something that me and coach Wright have kinda preached about all season, is getting a big win like that from one of the top teams in the district,” she added.

“This is a great confidence builder.”

Winning pitcher Laura Hensley, senior staff ace, went the distance “and threw really well, kept the batters off balance,” Hickam said. “Had strikeout when we needed key strikeouts. She kinda took the game over pitching-wise, and our defense played pretty solid.”

What followed was “another great game,” according to Hickam: homestanding Oak Ridge scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to edge Hardin Valley 10-9 Tuesday, April 26.

HVA rallied from a 9-6 deficit with three runs in the top of the seventh before “a walk … and a miscue” led to OR's winning run.

Overall, “They played good Tuesday against Oak Ridge,” Hickam said. “What's disheartening is we had run-ruled Oak Ridge earlier in the season.”

Individually, “We had a big hit from Emily Cox … it drove in two runs to put us ahead,” Hickam said about her senior second baseman.

During the three-run seventh to tie, “freshman Liza El-Ajam, she leads off the inning with a base hit,” Hickam said. “We had a freshman, Caira McHenry, come up with a big base hit in that inning.”

HVA Senior Night against West was celebrated with a 7-4 victory Friday, April 29. “Laura threw pretty well,” Hickam said.

“Defensively, we played well,” the HVA coach added. “We've moved Jasmine Langston from outfield, we've brought her into third base she's doing a great job there. ... That has improved our defense tremendously.”


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