SOFTBALL: Hawks give rookie coach first win on special day

EAGLE GROVE – Grandpa Jack would be proud.

Dang proud.

With the memory of her late grandfather, Jack Read, on her mind yesterday evening, Laura Read set foot on the softball diamond and directed her South Hamilton squad to its first win of the season, 7-4, over non-conference rival Eagle Grove (1-1).

It was the first win for the rookie head coach and she immediately thought of Grandpa Jack.

“It’s kind of ironic because my grandpa was my biggest fan in softball. He passed away at Christmas, but today was his birthday,” Read said. “So it just feels really awesome. I can’t even explain it.”

The Hawks (1-1) got the bats rolling early and never let up, as they roughed up Eagle Grove pitcher Megan Crail to the tune of 11 hits.

Brittany Nicholson sent a message early with a two-out solo home run in the first inning to give South Hamilton the lead for good. Nicholson fell a triple short of the cycle and collected two RBIs.

“The girls had very disciplined at bats and it was really nice to see everybody hitting all the way through the lineup,” Read said.

Eight players had at least one hit for the Hawks. Carly Swenson and Kayla Lucas added doubles; Swenson drove in two runs, while Mackenzie Busch scratched out a single and RBI.

Nicholson picked up the win in the pitching circle. She scattered four hits while striking out six Eagles.

South Hamilton will travel to Nevada on Friday to face the Cubs.