Haven Hernandez loves the game of softball with a passion. And whether it was in the weight room, on the practice field or during games, the Glasgow High School standout has tried to always give 100 percent. That hard work has finally paid off.
During a ceremony Tuesday at the school, Hernandez signed a national letter of intent to play next year at Lindsey Wilson College.
“I have always looked at Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson, but up until this year I’ve always thought about going to Campbellsville. When (new coaches) coach (David) Dews and coach (Sam) White took over at Lindsey Wilson, they gave me a call to come up for a practice,” said Hernandez later Tuesday night. “I went up and I really liked how they worked, their team was great and that was about it.
“Of course, I was excited (about signing). But it felt more like closure for me. I worked hard, I put in the hours and to see something pay off in the end, that is so rewarding.”
For those who have watched Hernandez develop over the years, earning a college scholarship has always seemed probable.
“We knew when Haven came into the program, she would be a contributor pretty quickly,” said Glasgow coach Steven Murphy. “Her passion for the game and her determination to play well was evident early on. And considering her hard work, we weren’t surprised this (college scholarship) was the end result.”
Hernandez is set to begin her sixth season with the Lady Scotties and has seen action at several positions over the years. She has pitched, played first base and is currently the starting catcher. Last season, she hit .421 with three homers, 15 doubles and 27 runs batted in.
“Haven is a very versatile player. She can obviously catch, and she will probably continue to have to improve her arm strength at that position because of a past injury,” Murphy explained. “She can play first base because she spent three years there and was a very fine first baseman for us. Or, she can be a designated hitter. She’s always been pretty successful at the plate. Haven can play any one of those three spots.”
Besides her hitting, pitching and catching, Hernandez believes she will be able to bring something else to her LWC squad.
“I have always been a big hitter, but when I went up to visit I don’t think they were just looking for someone who can hit. I think they were looking for someone who can be a team leader and help push other girls where they need to go,” Hernandez said. “I feel like I fit that.”
Hernandez said she knows she has a lot of work to do before she begins her career at Lindsey Wilson College. However, she’s going to approach it just like she has approached everything else.
“I definitely want to wind up on the varsity team my freshman year (at LWC). I may not start the very first game, but that’s something you’ve to go work up to,” Hernandez relayed. “It’s not going to be given to me and I understand that. I am going to work for it.”
“Haven is very passionate and determined about softball. There is no doubt in my mind she is going to get in there (at Lindsey Wilson College) and work hard,” Murphy explained. “If they tell her she needs to work on (this) to get better, she’s going to do that because she’s going to want to prove to the people around her she is a good player and wants to be in the starting lineup.”