Hawks' softball team repeats as Class AAA state champs!
It’s every coach’s dream: Win the last game of the season, especially if it’s for a state championship. Hanahan softball coach Katrina Moffett knows the feeling. She’s experienced it not once, but twice. And what makes the feat more impressive is that her team has done it back-to-back. The Hawks repeated as Class AAA state champs with a 5-3 victory over Palmetto High School. The Hawks traveled to Williamstown in search of a sweep of the best-of-three series and it was mission accomplished. The victory was the exclamation point to a remarkable two-year stretch when the Hawks compiled 61 victories against only eight losses. Hard work was the key, said Moffett, who concluded her eighth year at the helm of the program. “The girls worked hard as a team and individuals,” added Moffett. “They worked to get better during the season and in the offseason. They know there is no shortcut to success.” This year’s championship wasn’t as dramatic as last year’s when Kebdall Jordan hit a walk-off single to give the Hawks an 8-7 victory over Crescent in Game 3 of the State Championship Series. In the deciding game on May 16, the Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and expanded the margin to 3-0 an inning later. The Hawks seemed to be in control with a 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. Moffett saw her team give up two runs and finally survive when the last out was recorded. “There’s always going to be stress when you play for a state championship,” Moffett said. “You feel it even as a coach because you can’t control what happens out there. You can work and work, but you just never know.” The Hawks had been there and done that last May. That experience was invaluable. The Hawks won Game 1 at home and then had to put the playoffs on pause thanks to a rain-out. The team traveled to Williamston and put their stamp on another successful playoff run. The Hawks now have three state titles since 2008. There are eight seniors on the team, and six will play at the next level. They include: Jordan Fabian (University of South Carolina), Drayton Seiling (College of Charleston), Ashley Meckley (Coker), Kaitlyn Farmer (Brevard College) and Allison Harless (USC-Beaufort). “We lose some very talented athletes,” Moffett said. “We will look for some of our junior varsity players to step up and have success at the next level. They had a good team this spring. But they will have to do the work.”