The Lady Eagles got off to a quick start in their district-opener against Little Elm on Tuesday, March 6. Their one run in the first inning was all senior pitcher Rachel Eckrote needed to lead Prosper to their first win of district play.
Eckrote pitched a seven inning shutout and collected 14 strikeouts while doing so.
“This game will definitely help [Rachel] confidence moving into playing other district opponents,” Head coach Staci Jackson said.
Getting into trouble a few times, Prosper provided Little Elm with small opportunities to try and take the game but Little Elm’s bats were not match for Eckrote’s arm.
In the sixth inning, Eckrote ran into some trouble when Little Elm loaded the bases with just one out. But Eckrote stuck to what she’d been doing the whole game, throwing heat. Back-to-back strikeouts got Prosper out of the inning and kept Little Elm scoreless.
“Rachel threw very well tonight,” Jackson said. “I, along with her teammates, had total confidence in Rachel to throw strikes and let her defense make plays.”
In the seventh inning, Eckrote once again worked out of a jam. Starting the inning with a leadoff single, the Lobos refused to go down quietly. Followed by an error and another single, Little Elm got runners on the corners.
Once again, Eckrote got back-to-back strikeouts to close out the game with 14 K’s added to her stats and a win to start out district play for 2018.
Little Elm did manage to outhit Prosper 6-3 but even with Prosper’s two errors, the Lobos just couldn’t get a run across.
With this win against Little Elm, Prosper heads to their game against Newman Smith on Friday with an 11-5 record for the season.
“It [felt] great to pick up a W in our district opener against a top 10 school,” Jackson said. “District games are intense but another game to us. We take things one game at a time.”