Red-hot Hawks win Athletes of the Week - WRBL

Red-hot Hawks win Athletes of the Week

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The Hardaway Hawks have already equaled their win total from last year, and the 2013 season is barely halfway done.

For that, they are the latest WRBL Athletes of the Week.

Hardaway has won four straight, including wins over Shaw and ASWA 6A no. 1 Smiths Station.

"This year I think we feel a little better in our positions," said senior pitcher/outfielder Cedric Brown. "We have better experience. We have a lot more seniors this year."

The problem for the Hawks last season was finish games, something they've improved in 2013.

"Last year our biggest problem was closing out games," said senior third baseman Brandon Bynam. "It seems this year we're able to close out games better, hop on teams early and stay on them and finish out the game."

The experience has paid off.

"I feel good," said senior pitcher/outfielder Sheridan Coy. "We had a good little winning streak going earlier in the year, kind of got clipped up, didn't play our best game against Harris County, but overall I feel good about the team. We're doing very well."

Head coach Chris Gilstrap says the biggest change for the Hawks is between the ears.

"We've done a good job of hanging in ballgames and staying in them till the end, never giving up," Gilstrap said. "Our guys have a never-die mentality, and we never feel like we're out of a ballgame, no matter what the score is."

The Hawks swept a doubleheader at Bainbridge on Friday, 4-0 and 5-0.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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