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HRV softball splits double-header

The following report was taken from a new website developed by HRV assistant coach Wayne Smith. You can visit the site at: www.freewebs.com/hrvsoftball

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Saturday, March 22

Hello from FLORIDA! All is well and the girls are doing fine ... coaches, too! We have a bunch of red faces from a day in the sun but the smiles on those faces shine much more!

The flights went just fine and the jet lag is just starting to set in as we settle down after our first full day. We spent the evening at Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney and had a great time. We will spend a full day at Disneyworld in the morning!

Sunday, March 23

We woke up to tropical rains and were drenched but we were warm. We woke up to a down pour that basically lasted all day long. We went to the magic kingdom and survived the wet weather. The girls have adjusted to the elements, but they were very tired by 5 p.m. so we went back to the resort.

We spent the first part of the morning together as a team going on rides like Space Mountain. The girls then split into groups and went and did their own favorite rides. You will all really enjoy the pictures of our first off day at Disney World. These girls had so much fun!

Practices were cancelled today due to the rain. We are hoping we get our games in tomorrow or we will have to adjust our daily schedule. We watched Clifton play on Monday. They are tomorrow’s opponent. We will have our hands full, but I think we can get the job done. If we play well we should be fine. The weather forecast is still iffy.

The girls are doing fine and have been just wonderful to be with. Thanks to all of you who are leaving messages on the website. I will have the girls come look at the website and check your messages. Send questions and I will try to answer them on the site.

Monday, March 24

There is not a cloud in the sky and it is going to be a beautiful morning. We called Disney Sports and all games will be played as scheduled. We play Clifton, N.J., at 10 a.m. Eastern. Every room I called this morning had sleepy girls answering the phone: “zzzzzzzzz.” Keep checking the site for game results.

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HRV vs. Clifton, N.J.

Game one: Clifton 6, HRV 0

Game two: HRV 4, Clifton 2

Connors doubled in the second but was injured on the throw on her. The ball was a direct hit on the knee cap! She re-entered later in the game. Gaulke started and struggled, walking five batters and giving up a hit in the first inning. We dug ourselves into a four-run hole to start the game. The Eagle bats were shut down as we only managed three hits in the whole contest. Hinman, Flem and Connors collected the only hits.

Talia Hinman came in the game to pitch in relief of Gaulke in the first inning. Hinman struck out eight and walked none, while pitching 6 2/3 innings and giving up two unearned runs on three hits.

Game Two Highlights:

Score tied 2-2 bottom of the 6th, two outs. Talia drew a walk, Katie Pritchett singled to the left side. Coach Hukari goes to his bench and makes a hitting substitution by having Ashley Heck pinch hit. With a 2-0 count, Heck delivers a basehit blooper over the shortstop’s head and toward a diving centerfielder to drive in the winning runs.

Draper went the distance in the circle, facing 26 batters, striking out six and walking one. She gave up no earned runs during her complete game. She gave up two hits on the day. There were no earned runs.

Coach Hukari’s Comments:

For Draper’s first real outing, she looked really sharp. Clifton is the best team we have played this year. Our defense still needs some polishing — we have to make the simple play. We are still not a “good team,” and we have a long way to go.

Our pitching and defense will need to be more consistent. Our hitting will come around with time. There are still some questions on how we will use our personnel. We have learned a lot about this team and we see something different every game.

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