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Heritage Softball/Baseball eyeing lofty heights

The Heritage softball team practices on Wednesday in the gym. They will play their first game of the regular season April 11th. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH

As the weather warms up our local high school atheltes make the shift onto the diamond and at Heritage High School the softball team has high hopes for 2017. The Hawks made thier way into the playoffs last season and then made a terrific post season run that saw them knock off Flushing and then Kearsley before watching their season come to an end at the hands of Marquette. This year's group remember's that loss and they're using it as motivation as they get ready for the 2017 season.

"Last year we were able tom come away with the district championship," said head coach Eric Krenz. "We've got a lot of returning girls, we have some new girls obviously but we're looking forward to a good season."

1st baseman Stacy Cannon agreed, "We think we will go that far and maybe a little farther with the girls we have this year and the talent we have on the team."

Heritage will play their first game of the season on April 11th when they square off with Flushing.

The baseball team experienced a similar season in 2016, also making it into the playoffs where they also got by Flushing and Kearsley before falling in regionals. Graduation was not kind to this group however and this year there will be an emphasis on getting back to fundamentals as the team gets quite a bit younger.

"We like to play small ball kind of brand, some years we can play that," said head coach Bob Andrezejewski. "Last year we weren't that type of team where we would small ball where we were bunting a lot and running a lot I think this year we have the capabilities to be a small ball type of team we like to put the pressure on the defense when we play them, put the ball in play try to make things happen."

The Hawks start their season April 5th when they head to Flushing to battle the Raiders.

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