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Playing hardball: Hicks makes major-league change in her game

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Villanova freshman Mackenzie Hicks shows her skills at the plate.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
When Mackenzie Hicks learned Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) was not going to field a softball team this spring, the freshman wasn’t deterred. Rather than stressing over the fact the game she played since second grade was no longer in her future, Hicks turned her sights to baseball instead.
“I kind of knew it was possible there wouldn’t be a team because some of the girls from last year’s team graduated. We had enough girls at one point but then they started dropping out. I found out right before the season was going to start,” she said.
At the encouragement of VPS coaches and athletic director Ricardo Olivares, Hicks decided to give baseball a go and the freshman has earned a starting spot at second base on varsity.

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