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Oklahoma high school softball: Callie Hacker helps lift Blanchard to district wins after her father's passing

In the bottom of the first inning with the bases loaded and two outs, Callie Hacker stepped to the plate for her first at-bat of the game. 

“It didn’t look like we were going to get much,” Blanchard head coach Blake Stringer said. 

Hacker had other plans. The senior ripped a bases-clearing double off the outfield wall to give Blanchard an early lead in Friday's home game. It was one of the few highlight plays Hacker made last week in Blanchard’s two district wins over Byng. 

In the series, Hacker batted 6-for-8 (.750). But it wasn’t her battle at the plate that was so remarkable, it was the internal battle she faced while she did it. 

Her father, Terry Hacker, had died a few days prior.

“He's done a lot for the softball program, a great man,” Stringer said, reminiscing about the time and effort Terry put into the program. “Him and his wife were our booster club presidents, so it’s good to see [Hacker] have a good week for us last week.”

Because the entire team knew Terry, Stringer knew they would be affected by his loss, especially Callie. He thinks softball helped them get through it. 

"I think it was good for us, getting to play and get back to normal," he said. "Because she's our teammate. It probably brought some relief. We're going to miss him."


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Blanchard Callie Hacker poses for a photo during the Fall high school sports media day at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.   [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

Blanchard Callie Hacker poses for a photo during the Fall high school sports media day at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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