Myleah Hardy was in a dead sprint.

She wasn’t sprinting because she was in danger of being thrown out on some routine ground ball. She wasn’t sprinting for a double or triple, either.

Seconds earlier, Hardy had sent a shot over the left-field wall and took off toward first with her hand raised. Instead of taking her usual stroll around the bases as she had done 16 other times this season following a home run, Hardy was ready to cross home plate as soon as possible.

WHO STOOD OUT:Southern Middle Tennessee high school top performers from Week 7 of the spring season

MIDSTATE SOFTBALL RANKINGS:Columbia Academy remains in top-3

As she approached home plate, Hardy was greeted by a mob of her Columbia Academy teammates who were already cheering and jumping up and down. They had a good reason to be happy.