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Hawks back in familiar territory

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The Hardaway Hawks are headed back to the GHSA baseball postseason.

Unlike last year, this year, they can say they’ve been here before.

Last season’s Hawk squad had just one player who had any kind of postseason experience. In 2014, however, Chris Gilstrap returns a group loaded with talent that helped Hardaway win the region 1-AAAAA title in 2013.

“I think they’re chomping at the bit, ready to go,” Gilstrap said. “[We got] a little taste of it last year, and a lot of our guys came back. They know what to expect and they’re looking forward to it.”

Led by senior catcher Josh Anthony, one of the leading hitters in the region, the Hawks came up just short of repeating as region champs, but still got home field advantage in round one, hosting Effingham County.

“Everybody, they have their game face on, even from Monday,” Anthony said. “We’ve all been mentally prepared for Friday’s game.”

The Hawks stumbled to the finish line in the regular season, but seem to have put that disappointment behind them.

“[We are] feeling pretty good,” said sophomore third baseman/first baseman/pitcher Tony Locey. “We lost our last three games, but we’ve been practicing pretty hard and we’re going to get after it [on Friday].”

The Hawks host Effingham County in a doubleheader on Friday, with game one starting at 2:00 p.m. ET. If necessary, game three will be Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET. Senior Trevon Dorsey will start game one for Hardaway.

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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