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Hart softball defeats Golden Valley, 11-0, in windy affair

Hart mercy rules Golden Valley on a blustery afternoon

Posted: April 16, 2013 9:33 p.m.
Updated: April 16, 2013 9:33 p.m.

Hart High pitcher Kaitlyn Reed (22) pitches against Golden Valley at Golden Valley on Tuesday.

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The Hart softball team lost three important pieces off of last season’s squad in power-hitting third baseman Tracy Chandless, pitcher Blake Lewis and the confidence that comes with both.

On Tuesday afternoon at Golden Valley, the Indians found replacements for all three.

Senior pitcher Kaitlyn Reed had an excellent day in the circle and the Indians used a slew of hits to win 11-0 in six innings without the benefit of a single home run.

On a windy day on the Golden Valley campus, Reed looked unfazed, tossing six innings and allowing no runs and just one hit with five strikeouts.

“It’s been really difficult (pitching),” said Reed, a natural third baseman who had thrown only 13 1/3 innings at the varsity level entering the season. “This is the most difficult position I’ve had to play in my life. But I’m glad I got to do it.”

She looked as comfortable as ever on Tuesday, with the lone Golden Valley hit coming in the bottom of the first on a single by her Grizzlies counterpart, pitcher Sydney Herrera.

“I was really comfortable other than the wind,” Reed said. “Everyone did really great. It was hard to see, but luckily the wind went toward the plate. It gave me more push off and speed.”

The Indians got on the board in the first with an RBI double from Paxton Provost and opened things up with a four-run second, highlighted by RBI doubles from Sienna Vannoy and Sierra Quiala.

“It was really hard to see (because of the wind),” Vannoy said. “Sometimes you had to take a guess and swing.”

Guessing or not, though, it was a nice day for the freshman Vannoy, who finished with three RBIs, including a single in the fifth to make it 5-0 and single in the sixth to make it 10-0.

For Golden Valley, it was another setback on a road head coach Hugo Castillo hopes leads to a resurgent program.

“It’s their fear of being great,” Castillo said of his team. “They need to be smoother and have better mechanics. We’re a program that’s growing.”

For Hart, which had lost its first two league games, the victory was a confidence booster all around.

The 11 runs was the most the team has scored all season and the performance was Reed’s best in the circle.

“I think we really needed this win to boost our confidence,” Reed said. “And I think it did just that.”

 

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