The Prosper softball team bounced back strong this week in district play, notching two dominating victories over a pair of Carrolton schools.
Prosper 16, Carrolton Newman-Smith 2
The Lady Eagles (16-6) scored 16 runs for the third time this season in their win on Tuesday, April 4. Driving the offense was junior Skylar Phillips — she went 4-for-4 at the plate with 5 RBIs. Senior catcher and team captain Abby Smith added three hits of her own as well. Four other hitters had two hits apiece.
“I always tell the girls, we take it game-by-game,” Prosper head coach Staci Jackson said. “It doesn’t matter what opponent we play. We just want to play our game and work on the things we always work on.”
Rachel Eckrote looked good on the mound once again, throwing all five innings before the run rule went into effect. She struck out eight and allowed just six baserunners.
Prosper 18, Carrolton R.L. Turner 0
Prosper’s game on Friday, April 7, lasted only three innings after another power explosion from the batting lineup. The 18-run victory tied the largest margin in a win this year for the Lady Eagles and was one run short of tying their season-high.
“I’ve talked to them about hitting the ball solid,” Jackson said. “We really try to drive the ball up the middle. Those are our goals that we gear towards as far as offense is concerned.”
Eckrote got the start on the mound again but was relieved by Sam Frommer after just one inning of work. Frommer pitched two scoreless frames of her own and impressed Jackson in the process.
“She did a really good job,” Jackson said. “Sam is definitely going to help us down the road.”
The Lady Eagles will face off against McKinney North and The Colony next in what’s a big week when it comes to the district 14-5A standings. Prosper barely edged out McKinney North 12-11 already this season and were humbled by a 16-0 loss to The Colony in early March, a team that remains undefeated in district to this point.
Jackson doesn’t expect the same thing to happen again.
“I don’t think they’re 16 runs better than us,” Jackson said. “ I don’t think we played well at all the first time we played them.”