Playoffs end at Legacy

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The Legacy baseball and softball seasons both came to an end over the weekend. The baseball team was swept from the 4A Region 2 semifinals by Frisco Liberty and the softball team was bounced in the regional finals by Lucas Lovejoy.

The baseball team got off to a rough start in its series, surrendering four runs in the first inning of Game 1. The Broncos fought back but could get no closer than 6-3. Game 2 was interrupted by weather in the first inning and was pushed back a day. Broncos head coach David Walden felt like that probably had an impact on his team, especially pitcher Matt Dickey.

“We struck out the first two hitters and I felt like we had a lot of momentum before the rain started,” he said. “The kids felt really good about their chances. It was hard for Matt to get loose Friday night, go out and compete for an inning, sit around for two hours not knowing if he was going to pitch again, then go home, go to bed and try to get up. I don’t know that he had as good stuff Saturday as he would have had Friday night.”

The Broncos allowed six runs in the fifth inning of Game 2 en route to an 8-7 loss.

“I think we caught a really hot team on a really hot weekend,” Walden said. “The ball just really bounced their way this weekend and it didn’t bounce our way. They had a couple more breaks than we did. That was enough to win the series.”

And though the season ended sooner than the Broncos thought it might, Walden keeps the team’s accomplishments in perspective.

“They were hurting really bad,” he said. “I think they felt like they played as hard as they could and did as much as they could to prepare.

“To make a run all the way to the regional semifinals, I mean there are a lot of really good teams out there. I’m not going to say I’m surprised [we got this far] but extremely pleased at how well they stuck together all year and got that far. It is hard to get there. I’ve been doing this a long time and it’s hard to get that far.”

The softball team came one round short of the state tournament, falling 8-3 and 6-4 to Lovejoy. It’s downfall in the series was the one thing that plagued the Lady Broncos in most of their losses this season: mistakes.

“It just came down to execution,” head coach Michelle Mayfield said. “(Lovejoy) no doubt played a great series. I don’t think we helped ourselves out, making the mistakes that we did. That’s sort of been the case all year in the games that we have lost, is us not executing or making routine plays and giving other teams opportunities.”

The softball team’s postseason matches the longest in school history, and caps a run that few may have anticipated before the season after all the talent Legacy lost from last year’s squad.

“They defied the odds,” Mayfield said. “They played as a team; they worked hard all year long. I’m just incredibly proud of them because of that, because they defied expectations. It was absolutely a success and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

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