Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week: Wilson Hall’s Hanley Dominates the Dish
Wilson Hall’s Dani Hanley has been a consistent contributor for the Lady Baron softball team, but she upped her game in a trio of games last week.
Hanley hit over .700 last week and went deep three times as Wilson Hall went 3-0.
“I felt really confident,” Hanley said. “I was confident in my hitting.”
Hanley opened the week with a pair of hits and four RBIs as Wilson Hall crushed regional foe Florence Christian 18-2. She also scored twice by homering and adding a brace.
Wilson Hall head coach Teresa Alexander noticed Hanley had been a bit slumped before the offensive outburst, but knew she could trust her third baseman to find a rhythm at home plate.
“I think she was the usual Dani. Like all hitters, she was a bit down, but because we know what kind of hitter she is and what kind of athlete she is, we knew it was coming back, ‘ said Alexander. “It had to sort itself out and the boy did. It was just important to keep telling her she’s a great hitter and it was no surprise that she was back to being a great hitter. .”
She kept that momentum going in a doubleheader against Augusta Christian. She was off in Game 1, hitting two home runs and leading in five runs in an 18-1 rout. In Game 2, she was 2-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored as Wilson Hall took a 9-4 win.
“I didn’t let it go to my head too much,” Hanley said of his two-home run game. “In those two games, our team was really excited. Everyone was really excited for each other, so I think that helped.”
All three games were played after a full week off for the Lady Barons. Wilson Hall played twice during spring break the previous week, but went seven full days between games before pressing three games in two days.
“We were just taking it one day at a time, getting extra hits when we could,” Hanley said of how she spent her free time.
Hanley and the Lady Barons are getting hot at the right time. The playoffs are fast approaching, so this momentum is greatly appreciated for a team looking to defend their SCISA 3A title from a year ago.
“At the start of the season we were doing great, but as the season comes to an end and we get closer to state, our team is really clicking and coming together,” Hanley said.