Liberty-Bealeton’s Anna Marie Hockman doesn’t like to talk about her accomplishments on the softball diamond. The senior third baseman prefers to let her bat do the talking instead.
On Wednesday night, Hockman’s bat did plenty of talking. In fact, it couldn’t be silenced.
Hockman went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs, and the Eagles dominated host Eastern View in a 17-1 nondistrict victory.
The win avenged an 8-1 loss to the Cyclones last Thursday in Bealeton.
“I just felt good [today],” a smiling Hockman said after the game. “That was it. I went with it.”
Hockman and her teammates jumped on Eastern View starting pitcher Des Scott for six runs in the game’s first two innings, leaving little doubt as to how things were going to go.
In the top of the first, Hockman led off with a walk and came around to score on a double to left center field by sophomore second baseman Taylor Smith. Smith would later score on a groundout by senior Hope Mullins.
Hockman delivered a two-out RBI single in the second, and Smith followed her with a well-struck home run that cleared the fence in left center with plenty of room to spare.
After Smith’s homer, it was almost as if Hockman felt compelled to one-up her teammate. She did just that over her next two at-bats.
In the fourth, Hockman yanked a Katie Scott pitch down the left field line for a two-run shot, putting Liberty (4-4) up 8-2. She followed that up with a bomb to left center, again off Scott, in the sixth, making it 10-2.
“I felt very loose during warm-ups,” Hockman said. “My swing was nice and easy.”
Hockman collected her fourth hit in the seventh, singling to left against Scott. She eventually came around to score her fifth run of the night on a two-run double by freshman Katelynn Lewis, as the Eagles put seven runs on the board during the frame.
“This is how I expect our girls to hit the ball every time out,” Liberty head coach Chris Leatherman said. “We’ve been swinging the bat a lot better than we did when we played [Eastern View] the first time. Hopefully we can continue that.”
Smith finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, a walk and three runs scored. Junior right fielder Kaleigh Phelps also added an RBI double for the Eagles.
Lewis started the game on the mound for Liberty and turned in five innings of solid work, allowing five hits and Eastern View’s lone run—a solo home run by Des Scott in the bottom of the first inning. She struck out four and walked three. Mullins pitched the final two innings, punching out four and issuing a walk.
Des Scott and catcher Macey Moore each finished with two hits for the Cyclones (4-5).
In addition to its struggles on the mound, Eastern View also had a rough day in the field, committing six errors—three of which came in the seventh inning.