Former Tigers big part of Huntingdon’s success

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 10, 2015

Former Straughn Tigers and current Huntingdon seniors Katy Messick and Tiffany Taylor have been instrumental in the Lady Hawks success this season on the softball diamond.


Messick and Taylor have each had strong seasons to this point, and look to help guide the Lady Hawks into playoffs.


Messick has been a star in the pitching circle for the Lady Hawks this season. In 14 total starts, Messick has racked up a 9-5 record, and punched out 71 batters in just over 86 innings of work.


Over her 14 starts, Messick has gone the distance 11 times including one complete game shutout.


Runs are at a premium when Messick is pitching as she has only allowed 34 earned runs this season for a 2.75 ERA.


As a pitcher, Messick doesn’t get the opportunity to bat often, but has collected nine hits and three RBIs in 38 plate appearances this season.


Lady Hawks’ third baseman Taylor has been steady at the plate with a .271 batting average and seven RBIs on the season.


Taylor’s biggest attribute has been her patience at the plate, racking up 18 walks and only nine strikeouts for an on base percentage of .443.


The Lady Hawks completed a two-game sweep over Piedmont this past weekend, and Messick picked up the complete-game win in game one and Taylor scored two runs in game two.


The Lady Hawks are in fourth place in the USA South conference with a 16-11 overall record and an 11-6 conference record. They are currently on a four-game win streak, and are 8-2 over its last 10 games.