HOBART | Hannah Wilson is not alone. The sophomore softball player at Hobart is like roughly half the kids in America, whose parents have gone through the emotional roller coaster of a divorce.
"It's hard on anyone," Wilson said. "So many kids deal with it. It was a dark time. It wasn't easy at all."
Wilson eventually went to see a counselor when her parents split. Those moments gave her some peace, just like her time out on the softball diamond.
It gave the hard-hitting sophomore strength she never knew she had.
"I've been through so much but I thank God for it," she said. "It has made me strong, much stronger than if I hadn't gone through it."
Through Wednesday night, Hobart had won seven straight games. The Brickies are one of the hottest teams competing at next week's Class 4A Crown Point Sectional.
Last Saturday Hobart beat No. 1 Crown Point 1-0 and Wilson had the game's lone RBI.
"It was huge," Hobart coach Katrina Lucas said of the win over the Bulldogs. "Not only did we beat the area's No. 1 team, but it was our seventh straight win. Putting together that many wins right before sectionals is big."
Hobart has not won a sectional title since 1988. The Brickies will open against Michigan City on Tuesday in C.P.
Wilson is hitting .408 with 26 RBIs and 19 runs scored. She started the season in the clean-up position but was moved to No. 3 because she was getting on base so much, as her .444 on-base percentage suggests.
She's also hit eight doubles and two home runs.
"We have really good chemistry," Wilson said of her Brickies. "We have so much potential. We have such good players. We just don't always execute.
"Against Crown Point we played a 'Perfect 21.' And we can do that in sectionals, too."
Hobart has beaten several of the region's top programs: Kankakee Valley, Lowell, LaPorte, Griffith and Hanover Central. Lucas credits her entire team for this turnaround, but has special praise for Wilson.
"For being a sophomore Hannah has really stepped it up," Lucas said. "She has become much more of a leader, vocal on and the field. She's always letting the girls know, 'We have to stay up, we have to stay in this.' She's a big part of what we've been able to do this year."
Wilson's bumpy life road has her eyes set on a career where her experience will guide her. She plans on studying psychology and wants to have a career in social work.
"My counselor helped me come so far," Wilson said. "I love to know why people are the way they are."