ACL woes hit Rockdale slugger Hearn

Lady Tigers’ top hitter may be lost for the season

Senior Megan Hearn was hitting .462 with a .538 slugging percentage when she tore an ACL. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Senior Megan Hearn was hitting .462 with a .538 slugging percentage when she tore an ACL. Reporter/Bill Martin It just seems to hurt more when you get bad injury news during an off week and that’s the case over spring break with the Lady Tiger softball team.

Senior Megan Hearn, who was Big Blue’s leading hitter last year, and was off to a hot start in 2011, has torn her ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and faces an extended period of recovery.

First-year coach Amanda Keen said Hearn hurt the knee in a rundown during the recent Academy tourney.

“It’s been confirmed as an ACL injury,” Keen said. We are waiting to hear from the surgeon as to when she will be operated on.”

Hearn, who moved over from third base to shortstop this season, was hitting .468 before her injury and had a .538 slugging percentage and had just signed a letter of intent to play for Marion Military Institute.

“This is a hard hit to the heart of our softball team,” Keen said.

Last year Hearn was one of the most pleasant suprises of the season, leading all Lady Tiger hitters with a .542 average.

Hearne’s injury also comes just as Rockdale is gearing up for district action.

Big Blue is to open district at home Friday against Navasota.

The Lady Tigers (9-7-1) opened the spring break section of their schedule with an 11-1 loss to Liberty Hill on the road Monday afternoon after leaving 15 runners on base.

Bailey Pannell accounted for two of Rockdale’s five hits, going 2-for-3.

Jill Young and Kayla Deary also singled.

Kayleigh Montelongo drove home the Lady Tigers’ lone run and also took the loss on the mound, allowing 13 hits.

Friday, the Lady Tigers fell to Taylor 7-3 at the Softball Complex, leaving 12 runners on base.

Amanda Boyd blasted a home run and drove in two runs after going 2-for-2 at the plate.

Deary went 2-for-3 while clubbing a double. Young added a single.

Montelongo absorbed the loss after fanning six batters and allowing eight hits.

As Rockdale eyes its district ledger, Giddings is ranked No. 18 in the state and LaGrange No. 19.

The Lady Tigers face the two powerhouses back- to- back; LaGrange on March 26 at home and Giddings on the road on March 29.

Celina is the No. 1 Class 3A team in the state this week.

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