Hawks roll past Harmony 15-0 for district crown
The Viera Hawks won their first district championship since 2011 with a 15-0 victory over Harmony Monday night at Viera Regional Park.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Viera High senior shortstop Sydney Brooks and her teammates won’t soon forget what happened to them Monday night.
It was the night they finally took back the district championship.
“I’ve been waiting for four years for this moment,” Brooks said. “It’s just so exhilarating. It’s one of the best memories I’ll ever have for softball.”
Brooks and the Hawks created that memory with an offensive barrage against Harmony that finally ended on a walk-off hit by Kiana East in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave Viera a 15-0 victory in the Class 3A, District 6 championship game at Viera Regional Park.
It was the Hawks’ first district title since they won it in 2011 and 2010.
Viera (24-1) will host New Smyrna Beach at 7 p.m. Wednesday night in the Class 3A regional quarterfinals.
“Best game they played all year, really,” Viera coach Dale Pierce said. “They came out with a vengeance and did everything they could do right. Kiana threw probably the best game she’s thrown all year. She hit her spots. She was spot on tonight.”
Facing a Harmony lineup that scored 21 runs against Melbourne in the district semifinals, East held the Longhorns to four hits while striking out three and recording the shutout.
“They definitely had a lot of fast girls, so we had to pitch them in the correct places so they didn’t get the key hits to get on base and make us have trouble,” East said.
Meanwhile, the Hawks provided all kinds of trouble for Harmony.
Kaitlyn Jensen had two hits, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, to pace a Viera offense that produced 14 hits on the night.
It was the 16th home run of the season for Jensen.
Aly Loyd had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Likewise, Brooks had a double among her two hits to go with a pair of RBIs.
Zoie Hatley and East also had two hits and drove in two.
The Hawks also got solid offensive and defensive contributions from Kim Sugarman, Kelly Bishop, Haley Hinz, Madison Headley and Taylor Jensen along with help from Corrin Flajole, Stephanie Vetrano, Carly Kish and Brianna Barrios.
“It shows how we’ve come together and collaborated and how the hard work at practice really pays off,” Brooks said.
While winning the district title was a big goal for the Hawks, it’s just the first step toward a much bigger prize Viera is chasing.
“It gives us definitely some relief, but were still going to condition and work even harder toward the ultimate goal, which is states,” East said.