Viera softball rolls to easy win at Sebastian River
Brianna Hatley goes 4-for-4 as Hawks improve to 19-1
Viera's Kennedy Hewitt slides in safely at second base during Thursday night's non-district softball game at Sebastian River. The Hawks won the game 18-0.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
SEBASTIAN -- When you’re 18-1 and playing solid softball, the one troubling aspect about spring break is the chance that your hitters may lose some of their timing after a week with no games to play.
So, for the Viera Hawks, Thursday’s make-up game at Sebastian River couldn’t have come at a better time.
Oh, and the hitter’s timing is just fine, thank you very much.
And make that 19-1.
Brianna Hatley went 4-for-4 with two RBIs as the Hawks defeated host Sebastian River 18-0 in three innings Thursday.
Kelly Bishop went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Corrin Flajole had a three-run triple in the first and Taylor Jensen had a hit and drove in two runs for Viera.
All told, Viera had 12 hits on the day and were also aided by 11 walks issued by Sebastian River.
Viera pitcher Keryana Mitchell allowed one hit while striking out six in her two innings of work. Flajole came on to pitch the third, striking out one.
Asked what her team can take from an 18-0 win, Hawks coach Alex Breeden said:
“Accountability. Regardless of who we’re playing, or what the score is, we’re going to play up to our caliber of softball. That’s pedal to the metal, as hard as we can, until the umpires say stop.”
With the district tournament scheduled to start April 22 at Melbourne High, the Hawks still have some big games on their schedule. Not only should they get a chance to play for the Cape Coast Conference championship, but they have matchups against two teams that went to last year’s final four.
Jupiter (Class 9A semifinalist) will come to the USSSA Space Coast Complex on Thursday, which will be Senior Night for Viera’s Zoie Hatley, Madison Headley and Bishop.
Then on April 18, the Hawks will travel to Eustis, which lost in the Class 5A state title game last season.
Viera may have some big tests ahead of it in the coming weeks, but Breeden is happy with the way the Hawks have been progressing the postseason draws near.
“I wouldn’t call it peaking as much as we’re continuing to educate them on the right way to play and that education just keeps growing and growing and growing to the point where they’re firing on all cylinders,” Breeden said.