North Harford Softball Off to Dominant Start

Few teams have enjoyed the first week of the spring season as much as the North Harford softball team.

The Hawks are 3-0, outscoring their opponents 40-8 in the process. The team has scored double digit runs in each game, and in their last two contests, the Hawks have recorded shutouts.

"It's what every coach wants, coming out of the games swinging hard," head coach Glenn Doering said.

And swing the bats hard the Hawks have.

Doering highlights Kristin Stiles, Autumn Walinski, Ada Heinze and Kaylin Johnson as being lights out so far, but top to bottom players have been able to contribute. In particular, Doering has been pleased with how aggressive the team has been, hitting the ball early and often.

On the mound, North Harford has received excellent performances from Krista Hiser and Hunter Harbaugh. The two have established a good chemistry with catcher Kelly Harkins, something that should get even better the more innings they get under their belt.

Adding to the Hawks' excitement surrounding their pitching staff is that AllisonHall, another pitcher that is expected to contribute, hasn't even had to pitch yet this season. Combining Hall with Hiser and Harbaugh should give North Harford a deep rotation that will keep the team in most games.

"I try to coach into my pitchers' heads that they have a strong defense behind them and not to be afraid to get hit," Doering said.

North Harford will have to continue to play at a high level to meet the goals Doering is setting. Doering wants his team to win the Chesapeake division of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference. The division is strong top to bottom, but Doering has eyed C. Milton Wright, Perryville and Bohemia Manor as being teams that could potentially give the Hawks trouble.

"Even though I am sure we will have ups and downs throughout the season, I am expecting my girls to leave it all on the field after every game," Doering said. "We are off to a great start and hope to keep the momentum going. We have a great group of girls that bond together and are very coachable. It makes me want to come to practice every day."
March 25th, 2016By: Wick Eisenberg

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