All year long, Hannan’s softball team has made things rough on opposing pitchers.
Monday night, Sydney Williams was particularly tough.
The sophomore right fielder picked up three hits and drove in two more as fifth-seeded Hannan defeated No. 29 seeded Lakeside 10-0 in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.
The game was called after the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.
“It took us a couple of times through the lineup, but once we got the opposing pitcher’s timing down, we were all able to really get some good swings in,” Williams said. “I have to give a lot credit to my teammates and the coaching staff for really getting me ready for this game. The intensity level in the dugout has really increased now that it is playoff time.”
The Hawks (24-6) pushed across three unearned runs in their first at-bat. Lindsey Osbon led off the game with a walk, and, with one out, Jensen Volz drew a walk. Kennedy Martin then reached on an error scoring Osbon, and on the same play a throwing error scored courtesy runner Kaitlin Wendt. Williams followed with a single to drive in Martin and make it 3-0.
“It definitely took us some time to figure out which pitch to swing (at),” Osbon said. “We just had to settle down and find the pitches we wanted. Once we started swinging well, it got contagious. Sydney had some big hits, Shaye Tredinich had a big hit and Caitlin Collins had a big hit as well.”
Up 5-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth, the Hawks put the game away with five runs.
With one out, Tredinich and Martin had back-to-back doubles. Williams’ third hit the game made it 7-0 and Collins scored Williams with an RBI double to make it 8-0. An RBI groundout by Lauren Wegener and a Lakeside error on a pop fly helped Hannan end the game in five innings.
While the Hawks bats pounded out nine hits, Volz was nearly as impressive in the circle to get the win. The junior right-hander picked scattered three hits in five innings, striking out two without a walk.
“We stuck to the game plan at the plate and in the circle,” she said. “My job was to throw strikes and just let my fielders do the work. Make (Lakeside) put the ball in play, and allow my teammates behind me to make the plays defensively. Credit them for getting the job done tonight.”
Hannan advances to take on the winner of No. 13 Kinder and No. 20 Mamou. The Hawks will be at home for the regional-round game.
“We are really excited to just to get to play at home again,” Osbon said. “This is a team that is focused and knows what they want to do and knows what has to be done to accomplish our goal.”