The Lady Eagles once again defeated The Colony to remain undefeated in district play, as well as clinch a share of the 14-5A title and the top seed for the playoffs. Prosper’s 10-3 victory give the reigning 5A state champs their second loss in district play, both of them courtesy of the Lady Eagles.
“The fact that we’re getting better every game is what I look for,” head coach Staci Jackson said. “We want to keep that momentum going and so we want to continue to make strides every game.”
The Lady Eagles (22-5, 12-0) took an early lead scoring in the top of the first. After a leadoff bunt by freshman Jessica Malan and a walk by senior Avery Colclaser, catcher senior Bailey Zornes rocked a hard ground ball to left field to bring them home. An error by The Colony’s third baseman allowed junior Marisa Mejia to make it to first base on a bunt and sophomore Carli Smith, running for Zornes, to score their third run of the inning.
A groundout and a strikeout left Mejia standing on third base with two outs. Sophomore left fielder Marina Karnes singled allowing Mejia to score. Freshman Abbey Beasley hit a line drive double out to center field allowing Karnes to score and giving pitcher Rachel Eckrote a 5-0 lead as she took the circle in the bottom of the inning.
Zornes went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in, Karnes went 3-for-4 and score a run and two RBI, Colclaser went 1-for-2 with three walks and Beasley was 1-for-1 with two walks.
Beasley and Bell each had a stolen base.
A walk and single allowed The Colony (20-6, 10-2) to score a run in the bottom of the first inning but Prosper took the run back in the second inning Malan gets on with a walk followed by back-to-back singles.
Senior Skyler Phillips hit a two-run homer to center field in the top of the sixth to give Prosper its final runs of the game.
Eckrote gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out eight. The only sign of trouble came in the bottom of the sixth inning when The Colony hit a leadoff double.
An error by sophomore center fielder sophomore Lexie Bell allowed the run to score. The next batter grounded out but still got a run in. A groundout on one pitch and a strikeout got Prosper out of the inning giving up just the two runs.
“In Game 1 against The Colony, we didn’t play well defensively and this game we did a lot better,” Jackson said. “We didn’t get in our own heads so I am proud of them.”
Prosper had three errors in their first game against the Colony and just one Saturday.
Prosper has outscored district opponents 121-12 and with a win against Creekview on Tuesday, the Lady Eagles will have the district title all to themselves.
“Our ultimate goal is to make the playoffs and continue our roll,” Jackson said.