The season came to an end for the Northwest softball team on Saturday, as it lost a best-of-three series to Midland High School in Brownwood.But Northwest had a very strong effort in its final six games of the year, giving coach Tanya Morrow a lot of optimism heading into next season.“We came out and played very well on Friday night,” Morrow said. “We hit the ball well and played great defense. It was very good. On Saturday, we got off to a slow start, and our offense never got going. Midland was hitting the ball very well, and that's kind of how it happened.”Northwest had to defeat Timber Creek to get into the playoffs, then upset Weatherford in the bi-district round to advance to area against the Lady Bulldogs.Morrow said that in and of itself warrants admiration and inspires enthusiasm for the Lady Texans’ prospects to have another strong season next year.“After the final game, I told the girls how proud I was of them,” Morrow said. “It really felt like we had been in the playoffs for weeks. We had to beat Keller Central, Timber Creek and then we had to beat Weatherford. We had to push back and fight in every single game, and I was really proud of them.“I think they did a great job of establishing a foundation for the underclassmen, and kind of getting Northwest softball back on the map.”Brittany Brown, Andrea Haisten, Brenna Lane and Madison DeHoyos are all seniors who started on the Northwest softball team this season, and Morrow said they will be missed next year.“We'll definitely miss the senior leadership,” Morrow said. “We are losing four starters. But we have a big freshman class this year, and I think that with our sophomores and juniors, we will have people that can step into those rolls and just continue on.”Morrow said that all of her seniors, including Amber Stockwell, Kylee Martin, Taylor Reinhardt, Skylar Fallis and Bree White contributed to the teams success this season.Morrow said what she hopes her athletes take away from this season is a belief in themselves and what they are capable of accomplishing.“I think they got the confidence,” Morrow said. “After the Keller Central victory, there was a change in attitude. It seemed like they kind of walked around with their heads a little higher. They did a better job and I am hoping they can carry that over into next season with a confident attitude and keep that going.”Nelson advancesMeanwhile, the Byron Nelson squad won two straight over Burleson in the area round to reach the regional quarterfinals. They’ll face the winner of the Birdville/Joshua series in the next round at a time and date to be determined. The Times-Register will publish weekly features on the Lady Bobcats through the rest of their trip through the playoffs.