Hannah Eden’s walk-off home run propelled the Dr. Phillips softball team to a big victory.
One moment, the Dr. Phillips softball team was on the cusp of dropping the second of two games last week against district rival Boone. The next, a two-run, walk-off home run by junior Hannah Eden had the Panthers (9-4) celebrating an exciting victory. Eden finished her big game having gone 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs.
How did it feel as the ball left your bat on what became the walk-off home run?
It felt really good. At first, I wasn’t sure it was going over, and there were two outs — so it was a little crazy.
Have you ever hit a walk-off home run before?
I’ve had a walk-off hit, but not a home run. It was my first home run.
How did it feel to get that victory in an important district game?
It was really great to know that we beat Boone, because we haven’t beat them since I’ve been here. I feel really good because the team is just doing better.
What do you like about catching?
You get to be involved every play and you don’t get distracted.
What’s the best hitting advice you have received?
“Trust your hands and don’t worry about everything that has to go into it.”
Of the games left on the schedule, which one do you have circled on your calendar?
I’m looking forward to playing Apopka again (April 12) because it was a close game (the last time they played, an 8-5 loss for Dr. Phillips).
Do you have a college softball program you like to follow?
Alabama softball, because their catcher (sophomore Reagan Dykes) is awesome.
What do you think you would like to be when you get older?
Either a physical therapist or an elementary teacher.
Do you have any other hobbies or interests besides softball?
I’m involved in the band through the magnet program. I’ve played the trombone since I was in sixth grade. Friday night football games are the best part.
What’s your favorite Netflix show to watch on a rainy day?