Hatton runs through area to win championship

Hatton won their area championship Thursday with a 16-0 win over Winston County

The class 2A area 14 tournament began Wednesday at Hatton High School. 

Three games and 45 runs later, the Hornets were area champions. 

They also didn't surrender a single run. 

Hatton defeated Tanner 10-0 and Winston County 19-0 and 16-0 to win the area championship. 

It was about as dominating performance as they could have had. 

"We don't see a lot of 2A schools. We play our area, one other 2A and a 1A and that's it," said head coach Denton Bowling. "But it's good to go out and handle business and now it's on to the next step. Our season started yesterday (Wednesday) and now we're 3-0." 

Six Hornets were selected to the All-Area team. Those included Emma Czervionke, Emma Latham, Mallory Lane, Bradyn Mitchell, Cloey Lovelady and Ashley Berryman, who was also named MVP. 

Berryman, the MVP pitcher from the 2017 state finals, wasn't 100% healthy at this point last year. Her presence adds another dimension to the team. 

"It's huge. We did a great job in the circle last year but having her healthy just puts us at another level," Bowling said. "And then to have Bradyn and Cloey as well so we don't have to overpitch her, allows us to be fresh and hopefully that gives us the ability to go out and compete against anybody." 

Berryman herself, is more happy than anyone to be back healthy. 

"We're all here as a team and we're all competing together, but I've worked hard to try and get back on track," she said. 

As the Hornets head into regionals, they've erected a new motto. 

#STP

That stands for something to prove, which is what the Hornets feel they need do after last year's disappointing end to a record breaking season. 

"#STP, something to prove and that's what it's all about," Bowling said. "We're at that point now where we have to take each step at a time and not look ahead."

Hatton usually isn't a team thats fighting with a redemption mentality, but that's what it feels like this year. 

"It definitely is," Berryman said. "We're used to being the top dog but this year we feel like we're fighting from the back." 

Asked if that made them feel like a more dangerous team, Berryman had a simple answer. 

"Oh definitely." 

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