MCKINNEY — Since advancing to the second round for the first time since 2009, the Prosper softball team has made an explosive impression on the post-season. After defeating Frisco Centennial in the Bi-District Championship last week, the team extended their season even further, beating North Forney in two games over the weekend.
Prosper 10, North Forney 0
From the opening play of the May 5 game, Prosper dominated. Junior Rachel Eckrote stole the show, posting her third no-hitter of the season. The junior pitcher threw a total of eight strikeouts during the match, and did not allow a single hit or run. Junior Avery Colclaster and senior Miranda Ortega each had two hits for the Lady Eagles, while senior Abby Smith, junior Bailey Zornes, sophomore Nora Burns and senior Brooklyn Reiff all added a hit to the 10-0 victory. In addition, Ortega added four RBIs and Reiff had two. The game ended in a five-inning run rule, Prosper’s tenth run-rule of the season.
Prosper 3, North Forney 1
Prosper continued their success in the second game of the series against Lady Falcons on May 6. North Forney did put up a fight in game two, earning their only run of the game off a Prosper error. However, the Lady Eagles rallied back to produce three runs of their own in the decisive 3-1 victory. The team racked up seven hits and five walks, with several Prosper players contributing to the win. Burns was active again with two hits and two RBIs for the Lady Eagles, and junior Avery Colclaser, Smith, Zornes, freshman Julia Bumford and Miranda Ortega were also key in the victory.
Senior Natalie Filiatrault closed out the stats with an RBI as well. Eckrote gave up just two hits on the night, and closed the series with six strikeouts and a walk. North Forney managed just two hits against Prosper, and ended the two-game sweep with a .048 batting average against Eckrote.
The victory over North Forney deemed the Lady Eagles as Area Champions, and they will take on the Forney Jackrabbits in the quarterfinals next week.
“I am so proud of this team for advancing to the regional-quarterfinal round,” head softball coach Staci Jackson said. “They are peaking at the right time and playing together as a team. … We want to stay hungry for more and not ever be satisfied. One pitch, one inning and one game at a time.”