While the Lady Eagles ended their season earlier than they wanted to, they had a season made for the program’s history books.
Even though they were knocked out in the third round of playoffs by Hallsville, they have a lot to be proud of.
“I always hate when a season ends, but I am very proud of this team and what they accomplished this year,” head coach Staci Jackson said.
Finishing their season with a 28-7 record, the Lady Eagles became the the only undefeated district championship team in program history by going 14-0.
The Lady Eagles outscored their opponents by 212 runs and averaged 7.7 runs per game. The only time Prosper was shut out came against Lake Travis in February in the seventh game of the season. Their team batting average was .343, and they had four hitters batting over .400 and four batting over .300.
Not only did the team produce numbers offensively but pitching was a big aspect of how the successful season went. In 2017, they had a team ERA of 2.72, which most teams will happily take. But Prosper did even better in 2018, with a team ERA of 1.38. When you have a pitcher like Rachel Eckrote — who threw seven no-hitters, seven one-hitters and had double-digit strikeouts in nine games — the Lady Eagles made lowering that ERA by more than a full run look easy.
Eckrote finished her high school career holding several career school records and totaled 46 wins, 515 strikeouts with a 2.99 ERA in 426 innings pitched.
And she’s not the only senior moving on — just under half of the team graduated this year.
Another notable name leaving is Eckrote’s battery mate, catcher Bailey Zornes. She set a season record for Prosper with 253 putouts. Not only were her defensive numbers record-setting, her offensive numbers were too. With a season batting average of .374, she tied the school mark for doubles with 10.
The Lady Eagles will also lose their second baseman to graduation. Avery Colclaser hit .457 with a .557 on base percentage this season while walking a team-leading 20 times. She also had 12 stolen bases and set a new Lady Eagles’ hits record with 141 in her career.
“Our seniors were very impactful and I think their drive and determination to leave a legacy will carry over into next season,” Jackson said.
Even with such key players leaving, Prosper still has plenty of talent to look forward to next year, such as third baseman Julia Bumford. She led the team with eight home runs and 32 RBI, also leading the team with 17 two-out RBI and joined Zornes in tying the single season record with 10 doubles.
Marisa Mejia played mostly first base but pitched 28 innings and will more than likely have a few more opportunities in the circle next season as well. She struck out 21 and had a 1.000 fielding percentage.
The 2019 season will also bring changes in opponents as Prosper moves into a new district. Moving up to Class 6A in the latest realignment, Prosper will face schools like Allen, McKinney Boyd and Plano. Jackson is looking forward to playing new teams that can help them prepare for another playoff run.
“I am looking forward to more competition during district to prep us for playoffs next year,” he said. “I am so proud to be apart of the Eagle Family here in Prosper and so proud of what Team 18 accomplished this year. They continued to set the standard high for this program and wrote their own story by becoming the only undefeated district champ team in program history.”