HAMPTON — The sunset in Hampton marked the end of the softball season for the Hampton Lady Hornets, who saw their quest to Columbus end one round short.

It took three games into the Sweet 16 of the Class AAAA state tournament but the 2019 region champions were left with a 2-0 loss to LaFayette. However, it marked the end of the road for the senior class and for the first year of Chris Huffman at the helm of the program.

Looking to the future of the program, Huffman says that he’s going to have to replace a lot of seniors.

“We had a great year I felt,” Huffman said. “These girls came together and played well. We played some of the top competition in the state. It’s just these last two games we couldn’t get the bats going the way we wanted to. That’s a quality team that beat us. They made the Elite Eight last year it was just three barn-burner games for us. I’m really proud of the girls, would have loved to have gotten another one in. It just wasn’t in the cards.”

With five seniors on the squad this year, one big name was Skylar Trahan but there are returners. When it comes to replacing the five core seniors, Huffman says it will be hard.

If there are any changes to the coaching staff for 2020, Huffman isn’t expected to leave the program and hopes to return.

“It’s my plan,” Huffman said. “I truly, truly enjoyed coaching these girls and the game is different. It’s one that I truly embraced and it was a great year coaching these girls just because they were so talented, brought so much energy and played so hard.”

He’ll remain on a diamond this school year and his attention will turn to the baseball field, but don’t ask him how different softball and baseball is.

“It’s two separate groups and two separate talents. The talent in baseball is different than softball,” Huffman said. “I don’t like comparing baseball and softball because it’s two different things and different animals.”

The Lady Hornets’ season ended with the program finishing 18-10.

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