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Hickman praises effort, character of Lady Antlers

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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:30 pm

Last night’s loss to Dripping Springs still stings a bit for Coach Jeremy Hickman, but looking back on the season, Hickman feels blessed.

“They (Dripping Springs) didn’t get to be the No. 3 team in the state by losing games or making errors,” Hickman said. “They are great team and we really had a shot. Our girls put up a fight for sure. We went into the seventh inning down by one (point) and we had a chance to win, but it just didn’t happen for us.”

The Lady Antlers ultimately fell 15-9, with the Lady Tigers scoring five runs in the final inning and Tivy unable to cross the plate.

“No one wants to lose, but I couldn’t be more proud of these girls,” Hickman said. “They have learned life lessons on perseverance and working hard. That’s what this is all about.”

The Lady Antlers recorded only six wins during the 2018 season and finished this season with 25 wins, only 12 losses and two ties.

“These girls worked hard from the end of last season to now,” Hickman said. “They played summer ball and went to the 7 a.m. summer workouts, just to get better and stronger and it paid off for them. They have been amazing. They decided as a team they wanted to improve and they worked hard to make it happen.”

Hickman said the character of his team, led by six seniors, has been rewarding to watch.

“They are tough. They have fought through injuries and adversities that no one ever knew about. They work hard and their work ethic is very rare. They are good teammates. They genuinely care about each other and want to play well for each other,” Hickman said. “I don’t think the wins have been most important this season, I believe it’s how they won and how they let hard work lead them to becoming one of the top teams on the San Antonio area that is important.

Tivy softball finished as district champions, bi-district champions, area champions and regional quarterfinalists. The last time Tivy softball reached the Class 5A Region Quarterfinals was in 2001, Hickman said.

“This will be a year I remember forever,” Hickman said. “I’ve learned a lot as a coach and I know the girls learned lessons that will take them to great places during the course of their lives.”

Hickman said he will miss seniors Amber Pintsch, Marissa Medina, Lexi Perez, Campbell Grona, Kaitlyn Secor and his daughter Alyssa Hickman very much, but believes that these team leaders have set a path for future Lady Antlers to follow that will foster future success for the softball program.

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