Hargrave Softball powers into regional finals


As the late, great ESPN announcer Stuart Scott proclaimed during hot streaks “That team is butter, ‘cause they’re on a roll.”  Hargrave softball is burning hot oil right now as they are undefeated during the playoffs with four consecutive sweeps and now they are one step away from the Texas 4A state tournament next week.

All that’s in their way is a team called Robinson.

The Lady Rockets enter the fifth round as a dangerous team of their own, going eight and one in the playoffs, their lone loss to Splendora in the opening game of round four.

“Robinson can play,” said Garrett Gaines, head softball coach for Huffman.

“You can’t get to the fifth round of playoffs without being good team.  They are sound defensively they swing it well and they’re well coached.  We’re excited about the matchup but we also know its going to be a tough contest versus Robinson.”

Hargrave has their own weapons, namely Katy Janes whose dominance from the circle has been impressive if not brilliant.  Of her eight starts in the playoffs four have been shutouts and only once has the opponent scored more than two runs.

“Its nice not to have any worries in the circle,” said Gates.

“Katy has been gearing up for the playoffs every week and it seems she’s getting better the further we go.  We’re hoping it continues.”

At the plate Hargrave had some clutch performers last week from their bottom order as Kenzie Gates, Kyndel Berard, and Andrea Hortch each had big rbi in a close game one.  Bella Reid set the tone early in game two with a first inning three run home run to stagger Lorena to a 10-0 loss.

“We’ve been playing very well,” said Gates.

“We’re very blessed to how things are going for us.  We’re undefeated in the playoffs and we’re looking to keep it going.”

The Lady Falcons start their playoff series against Robinson 7pm Thursday night at Madison High School and continue the series Friday night at 5pm and, if necessary, 7pm.

To listen to a podcast interview with Hargrave coach Garrett Gaines click the push button below.



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