Historic win for Lady Hornets

Published 12:21 am Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dallas County’s Whitney Denson gets a hit against Wilcox Central on Monday. Denson, a senior pitcher, became the Hornets’ all-time leader in wins after the 23-1 victory. -- Robert Hudson

The Dallas County Lady Hornets capitalized of their opponent’s mistakes on their way to a 23-1 win over the Wilcox-Central Lady Jaguars at home on Monday.

The Lady Hornets (2-7-1) got hits from Hollis Ellis, Katie White and a double from Whitney Denson, but it was a plethora of walks and errors by the Lady Jaguars that produced the most offense for Dallas County.

Even after the win, Lady Hornets head coach Robert Watson said there’s still room for improvement.

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“We need a lot of work,” Watson said. “We played maybe an inferior opponent today, and we let them hang around, we let them score a run on us. We’ve got to play to a higher standard. We’ve got to be able to win games like this in a manner where we play to a high standard, and we didn’t play to that standard today. We walked too many people, we made some mental mistakes. I expect us to play better.”

The win also marked a milestone for one Lady Hornet, as Denson—a senior pitcher who’s been with the program since seventh grade—became Dallas County’s all-time wins leader.

Denson was honored with a plaque commemorating her achievement after the game, and said it’s the people around her that helped her accomplish so much.

“It feels great just to be the only person to achieve that,” Denson said. “Just having all the help that I’ve had, I’m fortunate to have the coaches I’ve had to push me—coach (Ed) Miller, coach (Willie) Moore and now coach Watson. I started in the Selma city recreation program and played travel ball. I’m just fortunate to have so many people around me to push me forward.”

The Lady Hornets will take the field again Tuesday when they’ll play Selma at the Dallas County Sportsplex at 4:30 p.m.