The Prosper softball team improved their district record to 3-1 with two wins over Turner and McKinney North.
Prosper 19, Turner 1
Control of the game was seized from the start on Thursday, March 16, as Prosper cruised to a blowout victory on the road.
The first inning was scoreless, but the Eagles plated seven runs in the second inning, four in the third, three in the fourth and five in the fifth on their way to their biggest margin of victory this season. It was the highest run total for Prosper all year and the fifth time the team has scored more than 10 in a game.
“I haven’t really been worried about our offense,” Prosper coach Staci Jackson said. “I believe that we will score runs against any kind of pitching.”
Senior Brooklyn Reiff and sophomore Alex Beatty had three hits apiece. Five other Prosper hitters had two hits each. As a team, the Eagles had five extra-base hits, including a home run from senior catcher Abby Smith. Smith led the team with four RBIs.
“We can’t ever just rely on one or two kids,” Jackson said. “If somebody’s struggling in a certain game, that’s why we have those other hitters to back them up.”
Junior pitcher Rachel Eckrote was also dominant. She didn’t allow a single baserunner through five innings, marking her first no-hitter of the season. The lone run scored on a fielding error.
Prosper 12, McKinney North 11
Prosper returned to their home field for an afternoon thriller against McKinney North on Saturday, Mar. 18.
The Eagles led 7-2 after three innings, but things went back-and-forth from that point. McKinney North played seven unanswered runs to take the lead, but Prosper responded with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 12-9 lead.
McKinney North had one last push left but ultimately could only plate two runs, missing a chance to tie the game going into the bottom of the inning.
“I gathered them together before the seventh inning and told them this is the team that comes back,” Jackson said. “We’ve got to fight and get outs when we can.”
Reiff had another three-hit game and added three RBIs. In total, five Eagles had multi-hit games and three players had multiple RBIs. Prosper finished with 16 hits in 31 at-bats, good for a .516 batting average.
Eckrote pitched the entire game despite allowing nine walks. Senior pitcher Sam Frommer was available and warming up in the final innings, but Jackson elected to stick with Eckrote until the final out was recorded.
“She didn’t pitch as best as I’ve seen her. Nine walks is too many in a game,” Jackson said. “I do think it’s a good confidence booster for her that she stayed in and pulled through it.”
Next up for Prosper is a road matchup against The Colony on Tuesday, March 21 followed by a home game versus Creekview on Friday, March 24.