SO GOOD: Loyola's Pitching Duo of Hirning and Resner
The softball season starts tomorrow for Loyola Sacred Heart, and the team has plenty of high expectations, in large part to their stellar pitching duo, which is part of what makes them so good.
Hannah Hirning was the starting pitcher for Loyola last season as a freshman. This year, former Hellgate starting pitcher Makaya Resner transferred, meaning Hirning would have to split time on the mound.
"I thought it was kind of nice, because it will be nice for both of us to have a competition for someone to beat out for the position, and it will be nice to have a second pitcher who can do the job," says the sophomore pitcher Hirning
"I feel like it's really important that we do create a good bond, because I think it's going to take both of us. Neither of us could do it by ourselves. I don't know a team where one pitcher alone can do it," adds junior pitcher Resner.
While the two pitchers are complimentary of one another, their teammates notice the friendly competition that takes place during practice while both are throwing. "It's kind of amazing because at one point they'll be completely synchronized with their arms swinging at the same time, ball release at the same time, hitting the catcher at the same time, and they'll look at each other and purposely get off beat from each other. "It's kind of fun to watch them do that, because you know they are competing against each other, but it's not for a spot. It's for saying 'I got a new pitch today," says LSH senior utility player Katya Hall.
And as far as pitching styles, they each bring a unique set of skills to the table.
"I'd say we are kind of opposites. We talked about this earlier in the season how I would throw low, and she throws outside, and I throw outside and she throws inside, so it will be nice to have that switch," says Hirning.
Having two number one pitchers is a luxury at any level of high school softball, especially in the class B and C ranks.
"It's very rare. You'd argue there were two teams that had that last year, and that's Florence and Ronan, and they finished 1st and 2nd at state. So to have the two pitchers that we have is really quite the luxury if someone is having an off game or something like that, we have another girl to go to. We actually have a number three in Jocelyn Heron who can throw the ball pretty well too," says LSH head coach Troy Waters.