Softball Insider: Clean defense in district play fueling Colleyville Heritage’s success

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Colleyville Heritage softball coach Allison Conaway had no idea how her team would fare when District 6-5A play started three weeks ago.

After getting hammered in the tournament season but playing some tough games against several of the state’s top-ranked teams, the Panthers have reeled off six wins in a row and stand alone atop the district standings.

Conaway’s group will attempt to remain unbeaten in district when the Panthers meet Hurst L.D. Bell to wrap up the first half of district play Tuesday.

“We couldn’t play an error-free game early on,” Conaway said. “It was a brutal stretch. We were shuffling lineups, making changes every game on defense and trying to figure out something that worked.”

It was a final nondistrict game with Southlake Carroll, a 4-3 loss, that helped light the way.

Tess Eby and Madison Young flip-flopped their second and third base spots, which seemed to give the Panthers a defensive spark.

Three weeks later, Heritage is the talk of the district, recording just four errors in six games after starting the season with 39.

Eby is hammering the ball as well, batting .509 with an OPS of 1.554. She’s followed closely by Hailie Henson, hitting .453 and .486 with runners in scoring position.

Rebecca Parks has tossed 63 innings and improved her record to 5-5 while Fallon Dean has taken on additional roles and is 2-6 with a save in 36 innings thus far.

Building confidence

Justin Northwest picked up a signature win Friday, knocking Richland from atop the District 4-5A standings.

Keller is now the only unbeaten with Richland just a game back. The two settle things today at the conclusion of the first half of district play.

For Northwest (12-9, 4-2) the 11-inning grinder sent a signal not only to the district but also to coach Tanya Morrow’s team.

“The way we played that game and especially what we did in the final inning was pretty critical,” Morrow said. “I really feel like coming into the week, we were still a little bit in limbo as to the identity of our team. We had a couple of close losses and felt like we were a good team but just didn’t know for sure.”

Chisholm Trail surging

Victoria Quinn is hitting .558, has hit five homers and has driven in 24 RBIs as second-year program Chisholm Trail is out to an 18-1, 7-1 start to the season.

Lexi Salas is hitting .528, and pitcher Sierra Hanes has improved from last season by striking out 102 already this year and a 14-1 record.

Kendall Slaboda has added four homers, and Alex Potts has 22 RBIs.

Cardinals pull even

Fort Worth Christian is 7-7 thanks to some timely hitting from Caroline Dale. She is batting .568 with 18 runs scored and 16 RBIs and has also stolen 16 bases.

Pitchers Mycah Freudiger and Kassidy Stephens have split time almost evenly.

Freudiger has worked 29 innings, allowing 22 earned runs and striking out 32. Stephens is 4-4 with 21 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings.

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