The Colleyville Heritage softball team rebounded from a challenging non-district schedule to take an undefeated district record into the final two games of 6-5A competition.
Colleyville Heritage played R.L. Turner on Tuesday after the press deadline and will take on L.D. Bell at 7:15 p.m. on Friday in Hurst, and coach Allison Conaway said she expects a very good game from the Blue Raiders.
“They're in second place, and last year they went undefeated and won the district,” Conaway said. “We have talking all year long about wanting to beat Bell. We beat them the first time around, and it was a good game. We've already sewn up a district championship, but I think pride is on the line and they want to get that sweep.”
Conaway said that she is very pleased with the progress her team has made throughout the season and said that she believes her team is capable of accomplishing even more.
“We had a pretty rough preseason,” Conaway said. “I think we went 3-11. We played some pretty tough teams, and I knew he had a lot of talent, so it was kind of disappointing that we were not able to scratch some wins together. We kind of came up with some goals that we thought were the keys to us being successful once we started district play. We decided there were some things we needed to do differently, and started winning some games.”
Colleyville Heritage does not have a huge roster, and Conaway said one of the changes the team made was to move its second and third basemen around.
“Both of those kids have kind of bought into it and have not been selfish about it,” Conaway said. “It has really helped the team as a whole. Our pitching staff has also bought into the idea that it is a team effort and that we have to work together and help each other.”
The Lady Panthers were 12-0 heading into Tuesday’s game with R.L. Turner, including a 5-1 victory against Irving Nimitz on Friday night.
Conaway said she has gotten great effort from her players this season including one who has really impressed the Lady Panthers coach with her dedication.
“One who has really been a surprise is Rebecca Parks,” Conaway said. “She didn't get a lot of mound time last year, because we have three pitchers. She was injured, and then she was sick, so she didn't get as much mound time as maybe some of the others, but she has been a delight. She has pretty much been our starter throughout district.”
The Lady Panthers lost in the opening round of the playoffs last season, but Conaway said she believes that could be a different story in 2014.
“Being a first place seed, we will have a legitimate chance to win,” Conaway said. “We are not going to be dominated by one of those pitchers from Marcus or Flower Mound. We're going to face either Hebron or Coppell, and we feel we have a good chance to win. We have to play well, because every team that makes the playoffs is good, but I feel like we have a good chance to make a little run.”