Softball anticipates district play following preseason


Justin Hudson

Riley McDaniel, No. 11, and teammates celebrate after a home run in the second inning. This knock gave the Eagles an early 5-0 lead against Pilot Point in the Prosper tournament. “Although the preseason tournaments are vital for team chemistry and overall record, the district games are crucial for the Lady Eagles’ playoff chances.” Sports Writer and Editor Zach Markey said.

Zach Markey, Sports Writer and Editor

Softball season began in early February, and the Lady Eagles are fresh off two quality tournament performances. Prosper is set to play in the Flower Mound tournament following the cancelation of their tournament in Houston. With the team sitting at an 8-5 record, a strong performance could lift the record and the momentum of the squad heading into district play, which starts Tuesday.

Previous tournaments

In the first tournament of the season, the Lady Eagles were lucky enough to host their own event at PHS. Prosper picked up wins against Marcus, Sherman, Pilot Point, and Paschal, but fell to Frisco Wakeland and Keller by a combined five runs. The easiest victories came against Sherman and Paschal by beating both with a whopping 28 runs combined. The same offense didn’t seem to come in their losses against Wakeland and Keller, where they scored one run in each of the two games.

After beating Southlake Carroll in a preseason home game 7-5, the group traveled to Allen for another tournament. The ladies won three more ballgames, but also lost two more. The wins came against Sachse, Hebron, Sherman, and Rider, and the losses came from Frisco Lonestar and Flower Mound by slim one-run margins.

Flower Mound tournament

Flower Mound will also be the location where the Lady Eagles will play their third, and last preseason tournament. The team will look to stack up wins, gain momentum, and stay healthy heading into next week’s district debut. They are set to face off against both Forney and College Station Friday and Birdville and Flower Mound Saturday for a total of four games. It will be interesting to see the outcome in the matchup against Flower Mound as they have home field advantage, and the ladies came close to beating them just a couple games ago. Birdville hasn’t seemed to accomplish much yet this season, and College Station is an unfamiliar team from outside the metroplex.

District play

The district slate will officially kick off March 5 in a home game against McKinney. Many of the important games will take place in March with the schedule wrapping up in mid-April before playoffs. Although the preseason tournaments are vital for team chemistry and overall record, the district games are crucial for the Lady Eagles’ playoff chances.