Hargrave is in “Kat-Bird” seat after Wednesday night win

Photo: Greg Valk Photography


As a real Catbird sits atop the highest perch looking down on its prey and contemplating its next move, so too are the Hargrave Lady Falcons after their game one victory over Lorena Wednesday night.

Behind another solid pitching performance by Katy Janes, Hargrave is sitting pretty for tomorrow night’s follow-up game at Madisonville.

Heading into the series, Hargrave coach Garrett Gates knew his team was confident and had a solid pillar in the circle with Janes.

“We feel confident, and our kids are playing well right now,” said Gates.

“We’ve battled back this season after starting out in district 0 and 2.  Our girls are prepared, but we also know we’re going up against a tough team in Lorena.”

Janes has been a workhorse all season, and Wednesday was no exception. She worked through a two-run fourth inning and saw the score reduced to a 3-2 edge for Hargrave.  The Lady Falcons were able to add an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning, and Janes closed out the game with a perfect set in the bottom half.

Janes would only allow three hits on the night while striking out 11.  Sara Robertson took the loss for Lorena.

The bottom of the order had clutch performers for Hargrave Wednesday night. Kenzie Gates, Kyndal Berard and Andrea Hortch all had a run batted in on the night.  The Lady Falcons are looking to avenge a fourth-round playoff loss from last season to this same Lorena squad.

“It’s probably not as much a ‘Lorena- thing’ as it is a loser goes home mentality,” said Gates, when asked about any additional motivation heading into the series.

Next game action is Tuesday night at Madisonville at 6pm, and if necessary, Saturday morning at Madisonville at 11am.

A question for the weekend is “does a Catbird sing”?

Hargrave Softball, Huffman, Katy Janes, Kenzie Gates, Kyndal Berard, Andrea Hortch, District 21-4A, Garrett Gates, 

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