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Solid glove

Senior shortstop Haley Nichols makes a catch just on the grass in shallow left field for the Hornets in a recent game in the Hornet Invitational. Leftfielder Kendall Villagrana is in the background.

Spring Break arrives for teams

Hornet softball team facing highs, lows in busy tournament action

Messenger Sports Editor

Gatesville softball coach Jaime Villarrial said Wednesday’s practice went well after an embarrassing loss to Taylor on Tuesday. The team is at a crossroads after some tough losses and a 7-13 record. “We worked on a lot of drills to make the simple plays,’’ Villarrial said. “It was a lot of repetition. We’re at a point where we need to build confidence. We know who’s playing where we just need to work on the little things.’’ Villarrial said communication is key right now for both players and the coach. Gatesville has three games left before District 17-4A play begins March 22 at La Vega. “The big thing is how we play those games between March 22 and April 18,’’ Villarrial said. “It’s all about how we do in district.’’ In Tuesday’s 20-8 loss to Taylor, the Hornets started with sophomore pitcher Deygan Hilliker pitching for three scoreless innings. She allowed two hits and two walks. In the fourth inning, the Hornets went with pitcher Kinsey Gardner. Taylor opened up a wild game with a seven-run fifth inning.


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