Through her five innings of work, senior pitcher Rachel Eckrote didn’t give up a single hit to the Lady Trojans in Prosper’s 13-0 win on Friday, March 9.
Now 2-0 in district play and 12-5 overall, Eckrote built on top of her strong start in the first district game of the season where she struck out 14 in a shutout on Tuesday. Eckrote struck out 13 of the 17 batters she faced and struck out the side in the first, second and fifth innings.
“Overall she’s pitching fantastic for us and being a lead in the circle which is what we’re asking for,” head coach Staci Jackson said.
Eckrote needed just 87 pitches to strike out 13 and walking just one.
Although she didn’t need it, the offense made sure Eckrote had a nice lead to work with before she even put a cleat in the circle.
The Lady Eagles scored six runs in the top of the first, three of which came off of back-to-back homers by third baseman Julia Bumford and shortstop Abbey Beasley with two outs.
“We talk a lot about winning the first inning; that’s kind of our philosophy,” Jackson said. “We started early and then their pitcher did a good job of kind of keeping us off balance but we worked hard on seeing the ball in and hitting it up the middle.”
Prosper put six more on the board in top of the fifth thanks to second baseman Avery Colclaser’s bases loaded one-out triple. Catcher Bailey Zornes followed with a double and first baseman Marisa Mejia brought her home with a two-run homer.
Zornes went 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBI. Mejia also went 2-for-2 with three RBI.
Prosper struck out just once.
Newman Smith tried to make some noise in the bottom of the third after reaching base on an error and walk, giving the Lady Trojans their only runner in scoring position for the game. A fielder’s choice and a strikeout would get Prosper out of the inning.
“This is good momentum for us going 2-0 in district with two games coming up next week that I think we have the potential to win,” Jackson said. “We’re gonna have to play hard and be ready but I think the potential is there and the confidence is there.”