New approach helps Hoskins on the hill


Lenoir-Rhyne pitcher Maryann Hoskins posted a 20-9 record with a 1.50 earned run average this past season. The Havelock High graduated helped Lenoir-Rhyne advance to the Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.

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Published: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 04:36 PM.

Maryann Hoskins came into the season with a clear head and a smarter approach – and confidence.

The former Havelock softball star, now a dazzling pitcher at Lenoir-Rhyne, earned All-Southeast Region Second-Team honors and helped the Bears make it back to the Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.

Hoskins, a right-handed flame-thrower, struck out 219 batters in 191 innings. She posted a 1.50 earned run average with a 20-9 record.

She ended her sophomore season with 23 complete games and 10 shutouts for the 24th-ranked Division II softball team in the nation.

“I kept hitters off balance better and I was able to go out there and throw how I know how to throw,” Hoskins said. “I knew what to expect when I came in this year. Last year, I wasn’t the best about being confident in myself and being smart.”

Hoskins placed the ball, mostly, where she wanted – and used her four pitches to put opposing hitters away. She has always been dominant with her curveball and rise ball, but she worked to improve her screwball and change-up this season.

“My curveball and my rise ball have been my go-to pitches from the beginning. My screwball and change-up have come a long way since I’ve gotten here,” Hoskins said. “I made sure my pitches were moving and placing it on the corner and making people chase them.”

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