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MVB MVP: Robert C. Byrd Pitcher Mecca Henderson

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CLARKSBURG -

In April, the road to the state softball tournament is like Washington D.C. traffic at rush hour, full of teams fighting for the same goal. 

As sectional titles are handed down, the road is much clearer in May with few teams left playing. This year, RCB is one of them and a big reason why is number 13.

They call her Hollywood, and in Clarksburg, Mecca Henderson is a star.

"A very hard worker, very dedicated to the sport, and I couldn't ask for more as a coach for a young lady to do," praised Henderson's coach Larry Snider.

The Senior at Robert C. Byrd is the definition of a workhorse pitcher.  This year she started every game for the Eagles. Last year she did  the same. In fact she's started every game since she came to Byrd as a Freshman.

"To carry that load is amazing really," said Snider. "When you think about it,  day in day out, for the whole entire season knowing your the one that's going to be the one called upon to throw the ball."

The load has put a lot of innings on Henderson's shoulder, but Snider said her work ethic allows it.

"I work everyday," said Henderson. "I don't think I've had a day off in high school. I have a gym that I pitch in with my mom, and Katie catches me, so we're working 24/7."

The hard work has paid off.

This year she led the Eagles to the section title, throwing a two-hit shutout in the title game victory over Harrison County foe Lincoln. Henderson and her teammates hope to ride the wave all the way to the state tournament.

Next year Henderson will take her talents Athens, W. Va., and play at Concord University.  Her plans likely will throw you a curve ball, because she doesn't expect to pitch, at least not as often as she has while wearing green and blue.

"I kind of hope people remembered me as a hitter, not just a pitcher," said Henderson. "And that I can play other positions, I just don't get two. I hope they know I worked hard to get where I was at, and it paid off."