Hedrick fans 12 as Huntington sweeps WCCA

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 10, 2003

FERRIDAY, La. &045; Caught up in a virus that’s starting to make its way around Huntington School is junior standout pitcher Erin Hedrick.

The right-hander pitched five innings Monday in a loss to Franklin Academy but came back Tuesday and tossed a shutout in the first game of a doubleheader sweep of WCCA Tuesday at the Huntington field.

Still slowed by the virus, Hedrick went out and struck out 12, walked one and hit one batter while tossing a one-hitter.

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&uot;She was blowing the ball past everybody,&uot; Huntington head coach Brandon Gousset said. &uot;She wasn’t using her finesse pitches. She was fastball in, fastball out and curveball, and that’s all she was throwing. She got on base her first time, went from first to third on one play and felt like she was going to throw up.&uot;

Luckily for everyone she didn’t, and the Lady Hounds rebounded from the two losses against Franklin the night before. Another key was their ability to make consistent contact against WCCA pitcher Merideth Fletcher, who has spent most of the season off the mound while recuperating from arm surgery.

The Lady Hounds (10-8) got a run in the first and two in the second before posting the seven-inning win.

&uot;She threw pretty hard, but I don’t think she’s pitched much since her surgery,&uot; Gousset said. &uot;I don’t think she was top form, but we hit her pretty well. We had some key hits. She was throwing strikes, and we were making a lot of contact. We only had one person strike out.&uot;

The Lady Hounds got on the board in the first inning when Sarah Loomis walked with the bases loaded to score Jessie Lee. In the second Whitney Bradford doubled to score jessie Moak and Leslie Wagoner for the 3-0 lead.

In the second game WCCA scored in the first off Lee to take the quick lead, but the Lady Hounds tagged five runs on the board in the second off Lady Rams starter Lill Netterville. Jessie Moak reached on an error, Wagoner walked and Casey Hammond singled to load the bases.

Bradford singled in two runs, and Hammond, Bradford and Lee later scored for a 5-4 lead in the three-inning contest.

The Lady Hounds will play in the Hillcrest Christian tournament on Saturday.

Centreville 6, Columbia 1

COLUMBIA &045; No other information was available.