Varsity Softball

She hit four home runs in the game ... including two in the same inning

Southeast senior shortstop Sydni Hawkins hit four home runs in one game against West on Tuesday.
Southeast senior shortstop Sydni Hawkins hit four home runs in one game against West on Tuesday. The Wichita Eagle

Sydni Hawkins hit 10 home runs last season, but she hit four in one night this week, including two in the same inning.

A Southeast High senior shortstop, Hawkins is known for her consistency at the plate. She finished the 2017 season with a .729 batting average, one of the best in the nation.

She showed that consistency again on Tuesday against West — and consistently belted balls out of the park.

"Her hands are so fast, and she uses all of her hips," Southeast softball coach Loren Scarbrough said. "She uses every bit of her body to push the ball. Even when she doesn't hit home runs, the speed of the ball off the bat is just remarkable."

Scarbrough reacted to the four home run night on Twitter.

The first home run came in game 1. Hawkins got ahold of a ball and crushed it to end the game with a 17-1 run rule victory.

The second, third and fourth home runs came in a 16-0 win in the nightcap. The second was an inside-the-park home run hit down the right-field line.

The third came in the third inning. Hawkins was the second batter of the frame, and after Southeast batted around the lineup, Hawkins came back up and hit another to end the game again.

Although her teammates were going crazy, Scarbrough said Hawkins was as cool as always.

"You wouldn't have been able to tell," she said. "She never gets too high or too low, and that's a real asset."

Scarbrough said she had never seen a performance like it.

Southeast has now won nine straight games, with sweeps of East, South, Liberal and West.

The Buffaloes are 11-5 and 8-4 in City League play. They are third in the league behind Carroll (12-1) and Northwest (10-0).

"This is just super fun for the kids," Scarbrough said. "They are really enjoying their time together."