After a week of rained out games and cancellations, the Lady Eagles finally got to play on home turf Saturday, Feb. 24, with a non-district double-header sweep against Lewisville and Colleyville Heritage.
With a big win early in the day, head coach Staci Jackson makes sure the team approached the second game the same way they would any other game.
“Keep playing one pitch at a time,” Jackson said. “Focus on the process not the result.”
Prosper 12, Lewisville 1 (5)
The Lady Eagles easily defeated Lewisville in their first home game of the season. The run-rule was enacted with one out in the bottom of the fifth after Prosper scored on senior second baseman Avery Colclaser’s two-run homer.
After Lewisville scored its lone run in the top of the first, Prosper followed with their only scoreless inning in the bottom of the first.
Prosper proceeded to score in every inning for the rest of the game, including a six-run second inning.
Sophomore third baseman Julie Bumford started the onslaught for the Lady Eagles. In her first at-bat, she came up with the bases loaded and hit a grand slam, giving Prosper a 4-1 lead that they quickly built on.
Senior first baseman Skylar Phillips also homered — a three-run blast in the fourth — as she went 3-for-3.
“I’m so happy for them,” Jackson said. “We have been working so hard offensively and our bats came alive today.”
Junior Pitcher Marisa Mejia got the win, giving up just one run on four hits and one walk, striking out four on 78 pitches.
The Lady Eagles outhit the Lady Farmers, 10-4, and while Lewisville made three errors, Prosper played errorless ball.
“I talk a lot about playing all three phases of the game — offense, defense and pitching,” Jackson said. “If we take care of all three phases of the game we have a great chance of winning.”
Prosper 4, Colleyville Heritage 2
Senior pitcher Rachel Eckrote dominated in Game 2 of the day after she relieved freshman Abbey Beasley in the third inning.
Eckrote came in and left Colleyville hitless for the remainder of the game. She walked three in her four and two-thirds innings but struck out 11.
Beasley went two and a third innings and gave up two runs on two hits with two strikeouts and four walks on 63 pitches.
“To be able to rely on Rachel is very important,” Jackson said. “I was so proud of her coming in very composed and confident to shut that inning down with the bases loaded and only one out. She did her job. She threw strikes.”
While Prosper pitchers struck out a combined 13, the Lady Eagles struck out just once. And while it may not have had the same offensive effort like the first game, Bumford kept her momentum going with the deciding two RBI in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“After not being able to play all week our girls were amped up and ready to play both games today,” Jackson said. “We were very focused on what needed to be done today.”