The best may be yet to come for the Hebron Christian School Diamond Eagles (21-9; 8-0). That’s hard to believe considering the season they have had thus far.
Today they appear in the standings with just nine losses. Each one of those, hard fought games against tough non-conference opponents.
In the conference, which boasts competition like Kemper, Winona, Calhoun and Central, the Lady Raiders are unbeaten, and they will go into the post-season unbeaten in district play.
They played their final district match last week at Calhoun, ending the conference season with a 19-0 win.
On Monday, they returned to the field in Clay County, this time at Oak Hill Academy, for another non-conference match.
Hebron had a chance to show Monday that they are for real, as the playoffs loom a few days away.
The Oak Hill squad had bested the Lady Raiders twice before this season, once at Hebron, once at Oak Hill. Both games took place in the same week.
Hebron thinks they are a different team now than they were a month ago, when they fell twice to the cross-county contenders.
They proved that Monday afternoon with an 11-0 win over the Lady Raiders.
Today they have an opportunity to grasp even more momentum, as the team plays Winston Academy to put the cap on the 2010 season.
A whole new season, however, will start Saturday morning.
At around 9 a.m.. in Cleveland, the Lady Eagles will take the field against Delta Academy at the North State Tournament.
There is a good chance Hebron will take this a long way in the coming weeks. They have been very hard to beat since the start of October.
Two weeks ago, the conference was on the line, with Kemper right at their heels, but the Lady Eagles were up to the task.
A playoff game for the conference resulted in a 2-1 win for the Lady Eagles.
Much of their succeshas centered around the pitching of sophomore Chloe Tapley, who struck out 10 Oak Hill batters on Monday.
Hebron will be looking for its seniors to lead the team in the playoffs.
Cathryn Moore, Magen Tapley, Jessica Flemming, Dakota Hillhouse, Prysilla Skelton, Hillary Arnold and Brittany Ousley will be the team leaders, as the Lady Eagles look to build the needed momentum against Winston to take out their opponents in Cleveland this weekend.