Hawkinsville Working Hard for Postseason Run | News
Sam Floyd is in her first year as a head coach at Hawkinsville High School.
She opened her career with some lofty goals.
"What about region? I want to win region. What about state? I want to win state," Floyd said.
One of those dreams is a reality. The Red Devils won region 4-A with ease. Their 20-3 regular season came with a price.
"She kicked our butts at first," said senior, Madi Brown.
She's had three head coaches in four years. Floyd requires more effort than her predecessors.
"We're working more on hitting, and staying to work on Sundays, which used to be our days off," Brown said.
Another team goal for the season: Play as a unit. Floyd's group achieves this one every day.
"When [Floyd] got here, she showed us what it's like to be a team, and she made us all sisters now," said sophomore pitcher, Niki Jackson. "That's something we've never had before."
Like her coach, Jackson is off to a brilliant start. Her .400 batting average balances out a .89 ERA.
"I just hope I continue to do well in state. We'll see how that goes."
First things first. Hawkinsville has lost in the opening round of the playoffs three years running.
"This is the first year that we've had such high expectations," Brown said.
Coach Floyd gave them a kick start in the preseason.
"I won a ring in high school and I showed it to them at the beginning of the season, and I was like, "you want one of these?'" Floyd said.
Jackson believes they'll earn it.
"I think we're gonna win it. So look out."
Their first goal is printed in the outfield. The final phase starts Wednesday afternoon.
The Red Devils play Baconton in the opening round, in a double header at Hawkinsville.
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