The Hudson Lady Hornets fired up the pitching machine and put their game faces on as they hit the field Monday for practice.
The team knows they let a game stay closer then it should have been when they played Tarkington in a win-or-go-home situation in the area round of the playoffs.
The game went 10 innings before Hudson emerged victorious. It was a long, drawn out affair that the girls were not bothered by.
"We were not worried by it or tired," catcher Hannah Blackwell said. "We were having fun. We were messing around. We were not worried about anything."
Coach Wes Capps knows his team was loose but he was not as laid-back.
"I don't know if you would call it calm," Capps said. "I am never calm at that point of a game. I was confident though that the offense would get us through."
With a runner on second, Blackwell came to the plate in a 3-3 tied game. It only took one pitch to get the Hornet fans on their feet.
"I knew I had to get a base hit because Mykayla is fast and she can score on a base hit," Blackwell said. I knew as soon as I made contact it was over the wall," Blackwell said.
It was the first home run of the season for Blackwell.
"My grandmother did not get to make the game and she texted me and said, 'I feel like you will get a home run.' I was like 'whatever'. She was like, 'I knew it. I called it.'"
Capps was not surprised in the home run. Blackwell can hit them in practice but her position in the hitting order does not always give her the power to swing away.
"A lot of times she has the sacrifice bunts so she doesn't have the flashy batting averages of these other girls have but she hits the ball well," Capps said. "For her to be the hero of the whole situation is special."
Now the team has a three game series with Liberty. The girls will face a tough pitcher so ever day they are being aggressive with the hitting machine.
"We just have to prepare for their pitcher because she is really good," Payton Foster said. "If we hit the ball we will be fine."
The two will play Game 1 in Liberty on Friday night at 7 pm. Game 2 will be in Hudson on Saturday at 1:30. Game 3 if needed will follow.
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