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Freshman Hannah Davis knows how hard it is to hit against UK pitcher Grace Baalman

Hannah Davis (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky freshman Hannah Davis of Scott County already knows plenty about UK sophomore pitcher Grace Baalman of Illinois because she played on a travel team with the pitcher in high school.

“Just the way she spun (pitched) the ball was crazy,” Davis said. “You could see it spinning when it was coming in. It was so hard to hit and she did it every way — curves, drops. It was just so quick and had such tight spins.

“She has good speed, too. It is fast and it is spinning. Even if you are not that fast and your spins are good, it’s very hard to hit. But she has both speed and spin, so she is even harder to hit.”

Davis just played on summer with Baalman. However, she played two summers with UK sophomore Mallory Peyton of Madisonville.

“I watched her play in high school and then when I played with her. She is such a good hitter and good player,” Davis said. “She plays with everything she has. I knew she would go in and do the same thing at UK last year and she had a great year.”

Peyton likely will take over at first base this year after the graduation of Erin Rethlake. She played there at times last year when Rethlake pitched.

“She played first a little bit for us on Sluggers (the travel team) and did pretty well. I think that’s where she will be and I think she will do great,” Davis, who figures to back up Abby Cheek at third base, said.

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