The Prosper softball team dropped two cons for the first time all season, both coming against district opponents.
McKinney North 3, Prosper 2
The Lady Eagles (16-8) were unable to come out on top in their second matchup of the season against McKinney North on the road on April 11. Prosper won 12-11 in the first game between the two teams on March 18.
Prosper took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning but allowed the tying and winning runs in the final inning, giving McKinney North a walk-off victory.
McKinney North’s leadoff hitter came up to bat with runners on first and second and two outs and connected on a line drive down the right field line. The ball rolled all the way to the fence, allowing both runners to cross home plate.
“It hurt pretty bad to not come out on top,” Prosper head coach Staci Jackson said. “They knew they worked hard and did what they were supposed to do.”
As a team, the Lady Eagles put the ball in play but had trouble finding holes in the defense. Avery Colsacer and Abby Smith had two hits apiece, but Prosper had only six in total. Prosper struck out only twice and drew three walks but left 14 runners on base, missing multiple opportunities to add to their lead before the seventh inning.
“I would have liked to manufacture a couple more runs,” Jackson said. “We had runners in scoring position but just couldn’t get those timely hits.”
Pitcher Rachel Eckrote was solid all game before being struck for two late runs. She created three double-play balls while allowing just four hits and four walks.
It was the third time the Lady Eagles have lost a game by one run this season.
“I’ve liked us being in some of these close games because we’re having to deal with some pressure,” Jackson said. “Unfortunately, we haven’t come out on top.”
The Colony 11, Prosper 2
Prosper struggled mightily against the first-place team in District 14-5A, losing 11-2 at home against The Colony on April 13. The Colony has a perfect 12-0 record in district play.
Fielding woes hindered the Lady Eagles mightily throughout the game. As a team, Prosper committed seven errors, the most they’ve had in any game this year.
“If we made the plays we should have made, it would have been a different game,” Jackson said.
Eckrote took the mound again and stayed there for the entirety of the blowout. She allowed 11 runs on 13 hits, but things could have been worse. The Colony only managed to get one extra base hit and drew just one walk all game.
“As district has progressed, [Eckrote] gets better every game,” Jackson said. “I’d like to see her as well as our whole team peak at the right time.”
The only two runs for the Lady Eagles came in the third inning. Overall, Prosper notched four hits and struck out seven times.
Prosper currently has two games remaining in the regular season and sit in fourth place in the district standings with a 7-5 record, just one game ahead of Lake Dallas (6-6). The top four teams qualify for the playoffs.
Jackson is confident her team will bounce back in the final two games of the regular season.
“There should be no reason why we can’t relax and play and trust in what we do,” Jackson said. “Anything can happen on any given day.”