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Hendrix new queen of the K

Thursday, April 9, 2009

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Move over Marisa Baltz.

There's a new strikeout queen in town.

And her name is Karisa Hendrix.

Entering Highland's home double-header with the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles April 3, Hendrix was just five strikeouts shy of the state record that Baltz set from 2004-07, when the former Pocahontas Lady Redskin fanned 1,100 over the course of her four-year career.

But by the end of the Lady Rebs' 10-0 rout of Greene County Tech at Ash Flat Ball Park, the state of Arkansas had a new record-holder in career strikeouts for high school softball.

And she still has plenty of season left to set the mark so high that it probably won't be broken for a long time to come.

K-risa Hendrix.

The three-time All-Stater who is a sure bet to make it four in a row after this season.

Somehow it just seems fitting that a Pocahontas Lady Redskin (Baltz) should have her record swiped by a Highland Lady Rebel (Hendrix).

After all, Pocahontas and Highland are so used to engaging in intense battle, no matter what the sport, that it just seems right the two schools would have the top two fast pitch softball pitchers vying for such a mark.

And in typical Hendrix fashion, efficiency was the key to her record-setting performance in the circle.

Just call it quiet domination.

The big senior flame-thrower struck out seven of the 13 Lady Eagles that she faced, while giving up just one hit and walking one in four innings of work.

Proving that she meant business, Hendrix started the game off by striking out the side in the top of the first inning against visiting Greene County Tech.

With the Lady Eagles retired in order, Highland got busy and pushed five runs across the plate in the home-half of the first.

Katheryn Bobo got the Highland hit parade started with an inside-the-park homer, while Stephanie Shaw followed that with a standup triple.

Alison Price drove in Shaw with a single and three batters later, Alex Whitten notched an infield hit that scored Jessica Sellers and Murphy Williams. Hailey Hall capped the first-inning outburst by scampering home Lindsey Goodwin in the box, giving Highland a 5-zip lead.

Greene County Tech was plagued by plenty of fielding errors in the game and the Lady Rebels took full advantage of all the Lady Eagles' miscues.

In the bottom of the second, Highland logged three more runs to its tally, the first of which came on a base hit from Shaw. A dropped ball on a potential double-play allowed the second Highland run of the frame to come home, while Hall smacked a base hit that plated Sellers for the Lady Rebs' third score of the second.

Up 8-0 after two, Highland sent Greene County Tech back home with two runs in the bottom of the third.

Bobo sent a hot skipper down the third base line that plated Goodwin and Courtney Sharp to stake Highland to a 10-0 lead.

The Lady Eagles' lone hit of the afternoon came in the top of the fourth, but that hardly mattered as Highland ended the day with another victory and another milestone for the remarkable Karisa Hendrix.



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