Jack Proctor


Senior Mackenzie Wyatt winds up to pitch the ball in game vs. Varina, a game in which the Hawks shutout the Blue Devils, 11-0. Photo by Candid Color

HHS Softball is off to a dream
start, going undefeated in their
first five games. In recent years the
Hawks have struggled to find success.
Aside from the 2006 campaign
where HHS finished the season at
the top of the state, softball has had
rather mediocre seasons. However,
based on their six performances so
far, that is set to change.
Through five games the Hawks
have outscored opponents 45 runs
to just seven, an outstanding margin
of 37 runs. They have three straight
shutouts including an impressive
eight run rout at Deep Run High
School and a three to nothing victory
in a defensive duel with Monacan
High School. HHS has been
powered by their dominant pitching.
Two of the shutouts can be
contributed to senior Mackenzie
Wyatt. The assertive pitcher has
become a nightmare for opposing
hitters. With 23 strikeouts in four
outings, Wyatt is a complete commander
on the mound.
“My team has given me confidence
that has allowed me to pitch
really well. If things keep going as
they are I think that we have a good
chance of winning states this year,”
Wyatt said.
Playing another big role in this
effort from the Hawks is senior
first baseman Kaylyn Shepherd.
The University of Central Arkansas
signee has been a big part of the
softball program for the four years
that she has been here. She has been
a leader the Hawks. The seasoned
veteran has shown early on that she
and HHS are a force to be reckoned
with, a storm ready to take over the
state of Virginia.
In a county clash with Patrick
Henry High School, the Hawks
made a narrow escape. Winning by
a score of four to three, HHS has
shown that they can be scrappy and
pull out close wins when they need
to. That is exactly what they’ll need
to do in an upcoming game with a
longtime rival.
The matchup between the Hawks
and the Atlee High School Raiders
will be a preview to what the postseason
could look like and will tell
how good this team really is. In a
battle of familiar foes it is crucial
that the Hawks win big in order to
keep their momentum in full swing.
Although it is still very early on
in the season, Hanover is off to a
shocking and uncharacteristic start.
It will be interesting to see how
they deal with the pressure that
comes with being a top tier team.
However, due to the experience and
leadership coursing through each of
these players it shouldn’t be a problem.
“Team chemistry and leadership
have played a huge role in our success
because we all get along really
well and hold each other accountable,”
Shepherd said.
With the talent and knowledge
in each of its players, this team is
poised for a great season, one that
could end with a state championship.
The Hawks have the experience
and chemistry to succeed in
any circumstance.


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