Despite the grueling season to date, the Harper varsity softball team is ready to return to the interscholastic diamond following last week’s Spring Break.
Currently sporting an 11-5 overall record, HHS is in the district’s third place spot in the standings with a 2-1 league mark (behind Center Point, 4-0, and Sabinal, 3-0).
Despite its current third place in the standings, Harper has proven itself to be the uber team in the league.
“Coming into the season we had a 46-2 record in district play over the last four seasons,” said HHS head coach Scott Vasquez.
Despite finding themselves in third place, the Ladyhorns have a three-pronged pitching staff that can catch opposing batters off-guard, indicated Vasquez.
“Callie Koenig (10-3, 2-1) is the ace of the three-deep pitching staff that includes Kaylee Hirl (1-2) and Gracie Green,” he said. “All three pitchers are quality pitchers, something unique in Class 2A.”
At the plate, the coach mentioned a couple of pleasant surprises.
“First-year starters Jayd Esquell and Kinley Burns (both juniors) have done a great job at the plate for us and continue to work to improve their defensive games,” Vasquez said. “Another surprise is the addition of Clair Porter, another junior who moved in from Colorado this year. She has provided us with solid defensive play at first base and recently has proven to be just solid at the plate.”
But Vasquez admits there’s nothing as valuable as good, old experience.
“Our seniors have take ownership in the team and have been great leaders. Returning all-staters Mercy Garcia and Logan Menzies are leading us in most offensive categories right now,” Vasquez said. “But their true value comes in the leadership they both bring to the program. It’s like having two more assistant coaches; they truly care about the success of their teammates and the overall success of the team.”
The coach also pointed to another pair of seniors who are vital to Harper’s success this year — catcher Kasey Duncan and outfielder Julie Krebs.
The Ladyhorns opened the post-break season by hosting Medina last night. Results of that contest, however, were unavailable by this week’s publication deadline.
On Friday, Harper journeys to La Pryor for a 6:30 p.m. game. Earlier in the evening, at 5 p.m., the schools’ junior varsity squads will face each other.
Center Point comes to town on Monday for a 6 p.m. district encounter.