Prosper 10, Lake Dallas 0
The Lady Eagles notched their second 10-0 victory in a row on the road at Lake Dallas on Tuesday, March 28. It was the sixth time Prosper has won by 10 or more runs this season.
Juniors Avery Colclaser and Skylar Phillips were the biggest contributors on offense. Each of them hit a home run and finished with five RBIs combined. Sophomore Alex Beatty and senior Brooklyn Reiff each finished with two RBIs as well.
As a team, the Lady Eagles scored all their runs in the first three innings and batted .480 with 12 hits. Prosper has outscored opponents 76-42 in district play.
“If we have a strength, it’s offense,” Prosper coach Staci Jackson said. “As long as we swing the bats every inning, we’ll have a chance.”
Junior pitcher Rachel Eckrote had her second consecutive shutout, throwing all five innings before the mercy rule went into effect. She finished with seven strikeouts and allowed only three hits.
Little Elm 6, Prosper 3
Prosper came back home on Friday, March 31, to face Little Elm in a crucial district matchup. The two teams entered one game apart from each other in the District 14-5A standings.
Competitiveness was high, but the Lady Eagles were unable to get revenge against the Lobos. Little Elm defeated Prosper the first time the two teams met this season 7-6 in extra innings.
“We never gave up,” Jackson said. “We still thought we had a chance with a runner on second and two outs in the bottom of the seventh.”
Little Elm got on the board first with three runs in the third inning. The Lady Eagles struck out three times in a row in the bottom half of the inning but responded in the fourth with three runs of their own to tie the game. The first two were driven in on a triple from junior Bailey Zornes. Senior Miranda Ortega drove Zornes in with another triple.
“(Ortega) has been our little spark plug,” Jackson said. “She seems to get us going in a lot of our games.”
Eckrote got the start on the mound and allowed two more Little Elm runs in the fifth as well as an insurance run in the seventh. She finished with 10 strikeouts and allowed only 8 hits.
Senior catcher Abby Smith bailed Prosper out with a pair of stellar pickoffs to get two important outs in the fifth inning. Despite the impressive defensive plays, Jackson said having five team fielding errors made things tough.
“Defense is still our weakness,” Jackson said. “Come practice time, we have to make those adjustments. We’re making the big plays but aren’t doing the little things.”
Prosper remains in third place in the district standings. They’ll look to gain ground against Newman Smith on Tuesday, April 4, and versus Turner on Friday, April 7.