Gatesville homer paves way

Everything went as planned for the Hornets in the showdown with the Hillsboro Eagles in Tuesday’s softball clash. Eight batters combined for 13 hits and 12 runs and starting pitcher Chesney Smith was solid in a 12-5 victory to give the Hornets a cushion in qualifying for the softball playoffs. It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough to celebrate with a water cooler bath for second—year head coach Jaime Villarrial. “That felt pretty good,’’ he said after shortstop Haley Nichols caught him off guard to ignite a post-game celebration. “It got a little hot out there…

The real celebration is going to be when we offi cially clinch, they are going to shave coach Smith’s head.’’ With two games left on the Hornets’ ledger and three for Hillsboro, the playoffs is all but wrapped up. One loss for Hillsboro or one win by Gatesville seals the deal. The key game was Tuesday’s makeup game that was moved from last week after inclement weather and lighting stalled the game. The temperature was about 40 degrees warmer Tuesday night and Hillsboro came ready to play. They were aggressive early with their talent stacked at the top of their order. Hillsboro score dfi rst in the top of the fi rst, but Gatesville responded with the big bats answering.


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