The Lady Eagles once again sent everyone home early with their tried and true formula of scoring early and often to go with dominating pitching in a 14-3 victory in six innings against Lake Dallas during district play on Monday, March 26.
Prosper put two runs on the board in the first inning. Both runs came with two outs, which was a theme throughout the night. Freshman third baseman Jessica Malan led off with a walk and made it to second on a pop out. Sophomore center fielder Lexi Bell doubled to snag her first of three RBI of the game. Bell scored after stealing third and scoring on an error by Lake Dallas’s catcher.
Freshman shortstop Abbey Beasley led off the second with a solo homer. Malan and senior right fielder Shelby Lantz each followed with a single and senior second baseman Avery Colclaser brought them home on a double, giving Prosper a 5-0 lead. After a lineout and groundout, junior first baseman Marisa Mejia singled to bring Colclaser home. Sophomore shortstop Julia Bumford then homered, giving the Lady Eagles an 8-0 lead after two innings.
“Our depth this year is great and everyone plays for the team,” head coach Staci Jackson said. “These girls have been working really hard offensively and it is paying off.”
The Lady Eagles scored in all six of the innings they played. They scored one run in the third, fourth and fifth innings and ended the game with a three-run sixth inning. The sixth included a leadoff homer by Bumford, a double by junior left fielder Nora Burns and a home run by Beasley to close out it out.
“We have a checklist each game and scoring with two outs is one of them,” Jackson said. “When you score with two outs it always seems to start a rally.”
Seven of the 14 runs came with two outs.
Bumford and Beasley each hit two home runs and, along with Colclaser, batted in three runs.
Colclaser went 3-for-4 and scored, Bumford went 4-for-4 and scored three times and Beasley went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Malan, batting leadoff, singled and walked twice.
Senior pitcher Rachel Eckrote gave up three runs, one earned, on three hits. She walked four and struck out five on 104 pitches. She threw first pitch strikes to 18 of the 25 hitters she face and induced 10 groundout to just one flyout.