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Hen­der­son rev­els in her role as the team’s leader. She takes the ball ev­ery game and it needs to win ev­ery time out. Even though she pitches so much, Hen­der­son said that’s

“At the beginning of the year I was a lit­tle ner­vous es­pe­cially with me be­ing one of the only pitchers,” Hen­der­son said. “I was feel­ing a lot of pres­sure be­cause in the past we have been so suc­cess­ful. But since we have been play­ing, we keep get­ting bet­ter.”

Hen­der­son ad­mits she can’t do it all on her own and her team has re­sponded. Se­nior’s like Shea Shep­herd, who hit a 3-run home­run in Hen­der­son’s 10-strike­out per­for­mance against Jack­son County, have needs to pitch well.

“Know­ing that I have the team there to back me up has helped,” Hen­der­son said. “The team is hit­ting well be­hind me. I’ve been pitch­ing well, but it’s good to know that I have the de­fense and hit­ting be­hind me. That has helped me a lot.”

While the Lady Ea­gles sit AAA, Hen­der­son has her own goals. She said she wants to leave East­side as one of the school’s best pitchers.

“For this year and be­fore I grad­u­ate, I want to break the school’s strike out record,” she said.

Hen­der­son said she hopes to play at the next level and would pre­fer to stay close to home. Ge­or­gia State Uni­ver­sity and Ge­or­gia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy are two schools that perk her in­ter­est. Be­fore that though, Hen­der­son wants her team to take care of busi­ness in the re­gion and possi- bly at state.

“I feel good about where we are right now,” she said. “I think we have a very good chance of get­ting to state and do­ing well.”

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