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    Caylen Boehm slides safely into third base during last Tuesday’s district game against Charlotte.Photo by Robert Proctor/Yorktown News-View

Sliding on by

By Robert Proctor

Yorktown News-View

Facing last season’s district champions was no small order for the Yorktown Kitty Kats during last week’s (March 10) district-opener. The Charlotte Trojans mounted a quick 5-0 lead in the opening inning en route to a 15-3 win in five innings. Trailing all night, Yorktown came through with all three of their runs over the final two frames with big hits from sophomore Seely Metting and junior Kailey Sinast.

With a week to prepare for their next district game, March 17 at Pettus, coach Tracy Heasley knows her girls have a lot to learn. She’s also confident her young team will continue to grow.

“We just have a lot to work on,” Heasley said after the loss to Charlotte. “That’s all there is to it. I’m not using it as an excuse. They’re young. We just have a lot to work on.”

Seeing the team come through with four hits in the fourth inning and three runs over the last two innings was a nice bright spot against a strong team. Heasley is now looking for more continuity throughout the entirety of the lineup as they move forward.

“I got a couple girls who can hit the ball,” she said. “The rest of them have to work on it.” There’s still plenty of season ahead of them to do just that, as 11 district games remain. “I have the talent,” Heasley said.

“The girls just have to start showing it. We have what it takes, but they’re the ones that have to start playing.” Following Tuesday night’s game at Pettus, the Kitty Kats have two more road games against Falls City on March 20 and Runge on March 24 before their next home game on March 28 against Three Rivers.

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