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Havre Softball Preps for Belgrade

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The Blue Ponies are hoping a little home field advantage can help them make a statement this weekend in what's been a bit of a tough season so far. Havre High will host last years state runner up Belgrade and the Ponies are chomping at the bit for a rematch with the Panthers.

"We just played them in Belgrade last weekend," says Senior Shortstop and Pitcher Paige Henderson. "We gotta prove ourselves this weekend. This is the big deal because we have a doubleheader. This is the only games we'll play until State against them."

But the Ponies continue to be a work in progress having to adjust after key injuries. Senior ace pitcher Rachel Majeres played huge role in helping Havre reach state last year but is out for the season with an ACL tear.

"Our starting pitcher is out so we're moving people in different spots," says Junior Outfielder/Pitcher Dani Wagner. "We're all just trying to work harder on all the positions we're in now."

So Wagner is now taking the Ace role and Senior Paige Henderson has had to step into the circle for the first time in four years.

"I just want to do my best for Rachel," says Henderson. "Because that's the worst thing that can happen to her."

The Ponies believe the hitting will take care of itself. Right now it's about stringing together all seven innings.

"Right now we're kinda playing around with three or four innings we play good then we just kind of forget we're still at the ball game," says head coach Bob Evans. "So we just got to get ready mentally."

Havre knows it will have to be on it's A game to contest with Belgrade this weekend. And for a team that's had to deal with plenty of ups and downs, playing the Panthers tough would go a long way in building the confidence as the state tournament approaches.

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