The Lady Eagles took a 10-1 victory against the McKinney North Bulldogs on Thursday, April 12. While McKinney took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, it was short lived as Prosper quickly scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.
Prosper is now 21-5 on the season and remain undefeated in district play. The Lady Eagles scored at least one run in all but the second inning.
“We faced two different types of pitchers tonight and I felt like we made adjustments as well,” Coach Staci Jackson said.
Both teams had just one error, both of which occurred in the first inning, resulting in all the runs scored in the first inning.
Despite the 23 mph winds throughout the game, senior Rachel Eckrote pitched the full seven inning and gave up just one run on two hits and four walks. She struck out eight.
“I feel like a broken record when I talk about [Rachel], but it’s the truth, she has been so much more composed and confident this year,” Jackson said. “I really do believe confidence increases performance.”
Catcher Bailey Zornes went 1-for-2 with two walks. Marisa Mejia, Marina Karnes and Abbey Beasley each had two hits. Beasley went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
The Lady Eagles had seven stolen bases, including a steal of home by Jessica Malan and two steals of third base by Avery Colclaser.
“We’ve been working on our base running and being aggressive, so overall I thought out base running was fantastic tonight,” Jackson said.
The Lady Eagles will play their next game on Saturday, April 14 against the Colony. Prosper is currently ranked number one in the 14-5A area rankings and the Colony is ranked number two.
While the Lady Eagles beat the Colony on 9-5 in March, they have been Prosper’s toughest competition. They had three errors in that game so defence has been a big focus of improvement. Prosper is 11-0 in district play. They’ve given the Colony their only district lost. The Colony is 10-1.
“Defensively we struggled last game, sometimes I think that’s a little bit of nerves and I think some of that has gone away but we try not to get too relaxed with any opponent,” Jackson said.
Rachel Eckrote pitched seven innings in that game and gave up five runs on three hits and four walks. She struck out 16 of the 30 batters she faced. Catcher Bailey Zornes had three RBIs including a two-run homer.
“It’s easy to think ‘oh we got it in the bag’ but I don’t ever want my kids to think that,” Jackson said. “We continue to stay hungry and work on the small things.”