Cyclones hang on to win over the Titans
In a seventh inning rally, the Lewis Central Titans had the tying run on base with two outs, but senior Kelsi Hoffman caught a pop up in foul territory that secured a 7-6 victory for the HCHS varsity softball team.
“Kelsi has had to figure out a lot of things behind the plate considering she has never played there before,” said HCHS Head Softball Coach Toshia Kasperbauer. “One of those things on whether or not she wanted to throw her mask off when catching those fly balls. That was a focus for us last weekend during practice, so it was good to see her make that final catch last night.”
The first runs of the game came in the bottom of the third when the Cyclones rallied for six runs.
“We needed that,” she said. “We have to get in the mind frame to try to put a run on that board every inning is that a rally one inning and then be done. Last night we were able to put runs on the board a couple of innings.”
With this victory, it puts the Cyclones record at 3-5, winning two out of the last three they’ve played.
“A win is a win,” she added. “It definitely was not pretty last night, but we will take it. We have got to put it all together. We are not there yet, but I do see some good things happening, we just have to continue to get better.”
The Cyclones will get right back on the field Thursday as the Denison-Schleswig Monarchs, 2-2, come into town.
“They have put some runs on the board which means they are hitting the ball, so we are going to need to make sure that we play strong defense we’re also going to have to turn around and put the ball in play ourselves,” Kasperbauer said.