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Heritage softball climbing quickly

cgrant@newsobserver.com

Heritage softball coach Paige Quate tried to set a realistic goal for her young team coming into the season.

The Huskies, with only one senior, wanted to finish the season above .500.

Midway through the season, Heritage is well on its way to achieving that goal, but the Huskies are also second in the conference.

“You always hope that you have a better team than you had last year, and I knew that since we had the majority of our team coming back that we would be stronger,” Quate said. “I was hoping for a top three, but I’m totally satisfied with a number one or number two.”

Heritage broke a tie with Leesville Road on Tuesday, taking a come-from-behind 5-3 road win.

The Huskies gave up three runs in the first inning but held the Pride scoreless from that point on.

“When we came into this game, we knew it was going to be a good game for us, and besides that very first inning, we played a fantastic game,” Quate said.

Heritage capitalized on Leesville errors midway through the game, taking the lead with a three-run fourth inning.

Leesville coach Lee Ann Genetti said the mid-game lapse was unusual for her team.

“It’s not typical for us to make that many errors, especially all at once. And I think that they were feeling the pressure of the close game where we haven’t had that many close games,” Genetti said. “Hopefully it’ll prepare them for that situation when it happens again.”

Heritage will face Wake Forest-Rolesville, undefeated in Cap Eight play, on Tuesday.

The Cougars won the last meeting, 8-2, but Quate knows that her team must play from beginning to end as the season progresses, especially when facing perennial power Wake Forest-Rolesville.

“We need to play a complete game,” Quate said. “It always seems that we have at least one inning where we have a few errors and give up some runs, so we need to focus on making sure defensively we’re present in the first inning.”

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