Softball continues nearly undefeated streak

Miles Hutson, Staff Writer

     With 11 wins and one loss, the softball team has a guaranteed spot to bi-district competition.

     “The season’s going absolutely incredible,” head coach Cynthia Zea said.

     The season started out with a game that team members said was rough and lasted 12 innings, mostly because the team was too nervous to bring it out of a tie.

     “It was our first game, and we were all kind of nervous because we didn’t know what each other could do,” center fielder senior Kristen Miles said. “Now we’ve played together, so we’ve got the jitters out and we’re doing a lot better.”

     Despite their record, the softball team is still not sure whether or not they will take first or second against Plano East, the only team that they have lost to this season. Miles and catcher senior Katie Hart said that while they were beating East 4-0 until the final inning, they simply lost momentum.

     “We settled down and thought we were going to win,” Miles said. “Now we know not to give up, because the game’s never over.”

     The team will face East on April 17 at 7 p.m.

     Team members said that with competition heating up, other teams are taking notice of how they play.

     “It’s kind of a worry, because if they can find our weaknesses they can use those to their advantage,” outfielder senior Tanner Davis said. “But if we can play how we know how to play, I think we’re set.”

     Key to the way they play, pitcher senior Katherine Batey said, is team chemistry.

     “All the seniors have been together since freshman year,” Batey said. “We know how people react to certain situations.”

     Team members said they hope to reach their goal of winning state by using that chemistry and experience. Last year, the team came up short, winning third place.

     “We just need to keep our chemistry going,” center fielder senior Kristen Miles said. “We all want it just as bad, so if we keep that motive with us, we should do just as well.”