The Hannan softball team cemented its hold on the top spot in District 10-2A as junior shortstop Lindsey Osbon went 4-for-4 in a 12-2 victory over Northlake Christian on Tuesday afternoon at Hannan.
The Hawks improved to 14-8 and 6-0 in district. The game was called after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The Hawks own a two-game lead in the district over Pope John Paul II, which is 4-2 in district and a four-game advantage over Northlake Christian, which dropped to 5-9 and 1-4 in district.
In a three-run first inning, Osbon led off with a double and scored on a three-base error with Allie Hutton batting. With two outs, catcher Kennedy Martin reached on the second error of the inning. Hutton scored on an RBI single by Sydney Williams to make it 3-0.
“Not just me, but I think we are all seeing the ball well at the plate right now,” Osbon said. “We have been hitting the ball well lately as a team, especially these last couple of games (Hannan defeated Lakeshore 15-1 on Monday). It just all came together again today.”
Hutton’s RBI triple into the right-field corner made it 4-0 Hannan.
“Hopefully we are finally starting to turn the corner,” Hutton said. “The postseason is sneaking up on us before you know it, and this team wants to get back to Sulphur and the state tournament. We have the talent to do it. That has never been the question. We just have to play up to the skills that every member of this team possesses.”
Two innings later Osbon’s hit a two-run single; that combined with a Northlake Christian error made it 7-0. The junior tied a season-high with four RBIs.
Senior pitcher Hannah Watts got the Wolverines on the scoreboard in the fifth inning, depositing a Jensen Volz pitch over the center field wall for a two-run homer, cutting the Hannan lead to 7-2.
“I haven’t been hitting the ball well as of late,” Watts said. “It was good to get a good swing and drive the ball to help my team stay competitive. Things can get frustrating at times, but I know this team is strong and nothing is going to break us up. We will fight through our struggles and be a better team because of it.”
Osbon helped the Hawks get the those runs back in the fifth, with her second two-run single, whicht pushed the Hannan lead to 10-2.
Lauren Wegener’s two-run double in the sixth scored Shaye Tredinich and Martin, clinching the win for the Hawks. Volz picked up the win, allowing two unearned runs on two hits, striking out nine and walking three.