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Hawkettes claim second-straight state softball title

Published Friday, May 18, 2018

Commitment, application, diligence and resolve -- all are words associated with the meaning of dedication. Dedication plays a role in the success of any team, and dedication, among other things, is what you will find in players on the 2017-18 Hanahan High School softball team.

Six Hawkettes already committed to playing on the collegiete level left a field in Anderson County as champions Thursday night. Younger peers left the diamond knowing it was their responsibility to continue a dynasty. The Class 3A state championship win was the second in a row for the team that finished 31-3 on the season.

Hanahan swept Palmetto High School in the state title series with Thursday's 5-3 win. The Hawkettes defeated Palmetto 2-1 on Monday after claiming the Lowerstate title over Battery Creek.

“It takes teamwork to win a championship. It takes further dedication to win back-to-back championships. We’re proud of the dedication shown by this group of young women and we look forward to watching several of them play on the collegiate level,” Berkeley County School District Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram said.

The Hawkettes were led on the mound by College of Charleston commit Drayton Siegling, who pitched the entire game. Leading Hanahan at the plate was Coker College commit Ashley Meckley with three hits. But if you talk to players, coaches and even members of the Hanahan community, they will tell you the success was driven by tireless effort and "tremendous teachers."

“It is always wonderful to celebrate the successes of students and their teachers," Hanahan HS Principal Ric Raycroft said. "It is extra special when they are deserving of that success. Our softball team are amazing women who work tirelessly for the benefit of each other. Coach Moffett and her staff are tremendous teachers. Their players have learned much more than just the game of softball. Their work ethic, patience, trust, respect, perseverance, and loyalty are unmatched. The character they demonstrate on a daily basis make them so easy to root for and just add to the overwhelming sense of pride we have for them.”

Head coach Katrina Moffett said back-to-back state championships are an appropriate reward for six years of hard work from most of the players.

"A lot of them have been on varisty for four or five years," Coach Moffett said. "So especially for the seniors to go out like this with a win in the state championship, we're just really, really proud of them. They worked really hard offseason, during season. They always put in 100 percent effort. They played with so much heart."


Brian Troutman