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Sunday, May 26, 2024

Lady Hornets Go Out With A Bang


After a 30 game season, the Hackett Lady Hornets are putting up their bats. Making it to the 2019 2A State Tournament, the Lady Hornets lost with a close 9-7 score to the Salem Lady Greyhounds in the first round. Hackett will retire the softball season with a 24-6 record.

Coach Jeff Richardson and Kayla Richardson

Putting the points on the board with two runs each were Audrie Chaney and Kayla Richardson. With one run a piece was Madi Taylor, Sarah White, and Emma Infalt. Autum Neal earned four hits and one putout. Madeline Freeman netted one hit, one putout, and two assists.

Sarah White with Coach Bridget Freeman

Jamye Durham scored two hits, eight putouts, and one assist. Shayla Foster grabbed two hits, two putouts, and two assists. Chaney added three hits, two putouts, and three assists. Richardson picked-up three hits, two RBI, two home runs, and two assists. Taylor bagged one steal. Infalt landed one hit, one RBI, one home run, and two putouts. And White obtained two hits, four RBI, one home run, and five putouts.

The Lady Hornets

The Lady Hornets saw two pitchers take to the mound during their final game of the season. Kayla Richardson threw out 38 pitches to 11 batters striking out one. And playing in her final high school game of the season was senior Audrie Chaney. Chaney launched out 79 pitches to 25 batters striking out four.

Senior Audrie Chaney

Audrie will be ending her season with some pretty impressive total stats. She saw 111 appearances at the plate, earned 24 runs, 31 hits, 28 RBI, 2 home runs, 9 steals, 84 putouts, and 11 assists. As pitcher, Chaney also scored a total of 567 pitches to 170 batters striking out 36. With this chapter in her life ending, Audrie had this to say about her final high school game, “I’ve spent my entire life playing sports but softball, that’s a different story. I spent hundreds of weekends on the field, thousands of hours at pitching lessons, and no telling how many miles my parents have traveled for me.”

Senior Audrie Chaney

“Thank you, Mom and Dad, for literally everything. I would not be the player or person without you guys. Dad, you have sacrificed so much to get me where I’m at now. Mom, you are one of my biggest supporters and I’ll never ever take that for granted. Thank you for all the support in my one last season. I also want to thank every coach that has ever helped me along the way. This is the best group of support behind the girls and I this season and it means the world to me. Lastly, I want to thank my team. In better words… my family. You girls are awesome. I love you guys so much!! So thank you to everyone along the way…. #2 is officially retiring.”

Pictures provided by Tanya White and Mandy Foster

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