Softball Insider: Mansfield Legacy getting into a groove in District 15-4A

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Mansfield Legacy is off to its best start since the program was established in 2008.

But as for how Legacy (18-3) measures up against District 15-4A leader Ennis is still in doubt. Ennis won the first meeting 8-0 on March 18. The rematch is April 10 at Legacy.

“I felt like we stacked up pretty well against them, but we just didn’t show up,” Legacy coach Michelle Mayfield said. “I think some of it may have been our inexperience and maturity. We were not patient at the plate, and we just didn’t produce runs.”

With that, Legacy looks to build on what Mayfield said has been her team’s best play of the season.

The Broncos are 8-1 in district, sitting one-game back of unbeaten Ennis (22-1, 9-0).

Senior pitcher Kendall Potts, who earned Star-Telegram Super Team honors as a sophomore only to miss much of the season due to an injury, has recent no-hitters against Mansfield Summit and Mansfield Lake Ridge.

“I think the loss to Ennis really matured all of our players,” Mayfield said. “You know last year we made it to the regional final, but I went into the season thinking we had more talent on previous teams and we had to work harder. To me, it really proved to all our kids that playing together and believing in one another is the only way to play the game.”

Potts is 9-1 on the season and Ryan Wright is 7-1. Together with reliever Karlie Milburn, the staff has a 2.45 ERA with 229 strikeouts.

On offense, Wright is hitting .533 and leads the team in plate appearances with 73. She has’s got 19 extra-base hits, including eight homers and 26 RBIs.

Sister Reagan Wright has 22 RBIs and 17 extra-base hits.

“We’ve really started to hit the ball like we’re capable of doing, and our pitching is starting to get into a groove,” Mayfield said. “I really feel like we haven’t played as well as our record indicates, but it’s nice to know we’re hitting stride at the perfect time.”

Dragons’ turnaround

It was a 16-15 loss to Keller Timber Creek that sent Southlake Carroll to a five-game losing streak.

In the process, Carroll lost four District 4-5A games as well.

After winning three straight, though, the Dragons get a chance to return the favor when Timber Creek comes to Southlake on Tuesday.

The Dragons lost all five of their games during the streak by two runs or fewer, including giving up three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning against Timber Creek last month.

Carroll might be getting past the funk, though. Catcher Lauren Heintzelman is 8 for 13 in her last three games with nine RBIs.

Left fielder Sydney Bedford is also hot at the plate, going 7 for 14 in the leadoff spot with seven runs scored.

Aledo cruising

Just one district team has been able to put up runs on the Aledo Ladycats.

And Fort Worth Western Hills was only able to push through two before losing 17-2 in the first District 7-4A game of the season back in February.

Since then, Aledo spent the entire month of March holding district opponents scoreless.

Lauren Craine and Tori Gore have done the work in the circle, but it also helps when the Ladycats can score at will. So far, they’ve totaled 129 runs in eight wins.

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