Legacy softball built on surprise pitching success

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In a season where not many expected Legacy to make much noise in softball, there had to be some pleasant surprises for the Lady Broncos to make their run to the Region II finals.

And when senior pitcher Kendall Potts suffered an injury, what air that was in the balloon of optimism must have deflated.

One of those key surprises was the impact of junior Ryan Wright, who came in to handle some of the load in the circle for Legacy.

Wright, who also saw time at first base, went 6-2 as a starter and struck out 91.

Although last year’s team went as far as the second round of the playoffs, the Lady Broncos had lost eight seniors and had an untested group stepping in.

“Everyone said we wouldn’t make it that far this year,” Wright said. “We had some seniors hurt all year.”

But when the competition picked up during the playoffs, so did the Legacy competitiveness.

“Last year helped set the stage for this year,” Wright said, “and it should set the stage for next year. I hope we can make it at least as far as we did and go to state next year. We have quite a few girls coming back.”

Wright also hit .365 with two home runs and 28 RBI, although she said she was unaware of any of her stats.

“Personally, I had a great season,” Wright said in reflection. “I came in to pitch more than I thought I would and I was happy I was able to do it.”

Her hitting was an aspect of her game that Wright said took extra time after practice when she would get home. “I’d come home and work on it,” she said.

Now, the focus is on putting in the work to live up to expectations which will inevitably be placed on the Lady Broncos.

Wright, along with others, is now already concentrating on their select league seasons. She’ll also continue workouts with her private pitching coach, Sherry Warner.

Wright said it will take good pitching and hard work with plenty of focus to repeat their feat of 2013.

“The completion will probably know us a little better,” Wright said of next season. “We were a little bit of surprise and we were ranked pretty high and then dropped (in the rankings) during playoffs, so I think that was a surprise for people.”

Legacy finished 31-9-1 and was second in the district behind Ennis.

The secret, said Wright, was that the team worked well together.

“Coach (Michelle) Mayfield did a good job in keeping us together and close-knit,” Wright said. “She made sure we were all together and played for each other. It was about the closest team I’ve ever played on.”

The season’s memories were bittersweet for Wright and her teammates this week.

“It was really sad watching the state games this week,” Wright said, after watching Buda Hays take the state title by defeating Lucas Lovejoy in the finals.

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