Hawks continue to dominate Brevard County opponents

Seniors lead Viera to 10-0 win against Merritt Island


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Viera's Kelly Bishop went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI Thursday night as the Hawks defeated Merritt Island 10-0 to improve to 17-1.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

After dominating the rest of Brevard County for much of the season, the Viera High softball team can’t help but feel like its got a target on its back.

And after Thursday night’s 10-0 win over Merritt Island that brought their record to 17-1, the Hawks made it clear … they’re fine with that.

“They’re taking ownership in that,” Viera coach Alex Breeden said. “I think they’re loving the responsibility that comes with that.

“These girls, they work their butt off every single day. They deserve the privilege and the honor of having that target on their back. They really do.”

The Hawks got a big night at the plate from their seniors on Thursday.

Kelly Bishop went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, Zoie Hatley went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Madison Headley had a hit, scored twice and also stole two bases.

Headley, who leads the county with a .596 batting average, now has 23 stolen bases on the season.

Viera pitcher Corrin Flajole entered the game with the county’s best ERA (0.46) and threw a five-inning shutout Wednesday night, allowing three hits while striking out nine. She is now 8-0 on the season.

“She shut them down,” Breeden said of Flajole. “The first inning, it took her a second to get into her groove, but as soon as she found it, she stayed there and dominated the whole game.”

The Hawks, whose only loss this season came against Class 8A powerhouse Wellington, will play at Sebastian River on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Viera’s last home game will come April 12 against Jupiter, which made the Class 9A state semifinals last year. It will be Senior Night for the Hawks.