When the season started, Mansfield Legacy had the makings of a Class 4A softball powerhouse.
The Broncos had two returning Star-Telegram Super Team players, a host of other talent and were dropping from 5A to 4A.
Things were looking bright before the injury bug crawled into their dugout.
Despite it all, Legacy (30-7) finds itself facing Lucas Lovejoy (31-8) in the 4A Region II finals at Rockwall High School. Game 1 is 7 p.m. Friday, Game 2 is 1 p.m. Saturday followed 30 minutes later by Game 3, if necessary.
My team is night and day from what we thought we would have vs. what we have now, Legacy coach Michelle Mayfield said. We persevered to say the least, and in some ways its been a blessing because weve had some kids realize they had to step up.
Ace pitcher Kendall Potts was set to pitch more full-time in her junior season and twin sisters Brianna and Brittany Walker were set to wreak havoc at the plate.
Potts threw a one-hitter against Keller and a no-hitter against Plano East, plus two more outings before a wrist injury sidelined her for eight weeks.
The Broncos shook that off and found some some additional help with Ryan Wright, Karlie Milburn and Courtney Hart, plus the offensive boost with the Walkers.
Then Briana Walker was sidelined with an injury around spring break, forcing Mayfield to jumble the lineup again.
Sister Brittany Walker has picked up the lions share, hitting .449 with an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 1.247.
Wright is 9-2 on the season as well as Milburn, who also has five saves. Hart is 8-1 for the season.
Potts, though, resurfaced late in district play and has worked back into the starting rotation.
Its pretty amazing that we thought wed have a very dominant pitcher and Im disappointed that we didnt get to see what Kendall could do in a full season, Mayfield said. But we ended up with a pretty good staff and not too many teams get to say that.
Keller freshman Kaylee Rogers and Flower Mound Marcus ace Hannah Null put on a show in the Class 5A Region I semifinals last week.
Rogers tossed 182/3 innings, picking up a Game 1 win and then losing Games 2 and 3 by one-run margins.
Null had 23 strikeouts (12 in Game 1) and pitched three complete games. Despite that kind of dominance, Keller coach Lindsay Strong said she was pleased with how her team battled at the plate and held Null to five and six strikeouts, respectively, each in the final two games.
Of the 87 batters Null faced, 48 forced her to throw four pitches or more in a plate appearance.
Rogers was lifted in the fifth inning of Game 3 for junior Robyn Stidd. She delivered in relief, giving up two walks and retiring six of the eight batters she faced.
Aledo faces Frenship
Aledo center fielder Haylee Bowden had four extra-base hits and four RBIs for the series in the Bearcats sweep of El Paso Chapin.
Rhylie Makawe also had four RBIs.
Aledo (28-2) meets Wolfforth Frenship (33-8) in the Class 4A Region I finals.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Lauren Craine picked up her 26th and 27th wins of the year, striking out 10 over the two games.
She gave up 20 hits and four earned runs against a stout Chapin lineup.
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