The famous sports phrase goes, 'It's not how you start, it's how you finish.' For the Hudson Lady Hornets softball team they did both at the state tournament Wednesday.
Hudson racked up 13 hits in the state semifinals, but more importantly 4 runs in the first 2 innings and a single run in the last inning as they march on to the championship game with a 5-2 win over West.
"We try to always score in the first because it puts us in the game and lets the other team know we are here to play," said Jade Havard, who had 3 hits and 2 RBI's in the win. "Hitting and scoring in the first few innings puts less pressure on Kelsee too."
Pitcher Kelsee Selman must not have felt much pressure anyway in the circle, because she cruised to 10 strikeouts in her complete game effort.
"There is a lot of relief when we score," said Selman. "It gave us confidence that we could hit the ball and I could go out there and just pitch strikes without having to worry about them scoring."
Scoring early and often has been a theme throughout this playoff run for the Lady Hornets.
"We are swinging the bats well and we have been for a while," said Hudson Coach Jimmy Eby. "We've outscored our opponents 65-9 in the playoffs so we are swinging well and knew we would put runs on the board."
The win sets up an all-East Texas final after Henderson defeated Liberty Hill 3-0 in the other semifinal game. Both teams will be feeling the pressure as neither school has ever won a softball state title.
"Knowing we are going to the championship game on Saturday is a lot of pressure," said Havard. "But it is also going to be a lot of fun."
Hudson will face Henderson Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at The University of Texas softball field. Check back for updates throughout the game on the KTRE facebook page as well as KTRE.com.
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