The Prosper softball season ended on Saturday, May 12 with a 6-5 loss to Hallsville in Game 2 of a best-of-three series, ending their playoff run in the region quarterfinal round.
In Game 1 on Friday against Hallsville, the Lady Eagles lost, 5-4, despite a three-run seventh inning to tie the game. Hallsville walked it off the ninth, taking a 1-0 series lead.
Eckrote started and finished the game, getting the loss. In 5.1 innings, she gave up five runs (just two earned) on 10 hits and two walks. She struck out two.
In Game 2 on Saturday at Rockwall-Heath, Prosper quickly fell into a 6-1 deficit. After scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning, that was the only lead of the game they had.
Hallsville scored three runs in the third inning after a groundout RBI and two-run double.
In the top of the fourth, Eckrote’s first pitch of the inning hit the home plate umpire in the head. After being checked by medics from both teams, he stayed behind the plate but Eckrote was clearly rattled by it. Her next pitch was ball one; her second was a line drive out to left.
The next batter also took ball one first pitch while the runner stole second. Eckrote threw ball two followed by a foul ball, then got a swinging strike two and two more foul balls before the batter ended up walking on the next two pitches.
With no outs in the fourth inning and runners on first and second, Eckrote was pulled and Marisa Mejia was moved from first base into the circle.
In her final game of the season, Eckrote went just three innings — her shortest outing of the year — and gave up five runs on three hits and three walks and struck out just two.
Mejia went on to finish that inning, giving up just one run of her own. After the end of the fourth, Hallsville took a 6-1 lead.
Mejia pitched 2.1 innings, giving up just one run on five hits and one strikeout. She moved back to first base for Abbey Beasley to come on in relief in the sixth inning. Beasley went 1.2 innings, with no hits or walks allowed.
After scoring two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, the Lady Eagles came up just short of completing a rally to keep their season alive.