The Byron Nelson softball team is right in the thick of the playoff hunt as the season begins to wind down, and coach Kathy Schoettle said that the Lady Bobcats must finish out strong if they want a shot at a postseason berth.
Nelson played Northwest on Tuesday after the press deadline and will take on Denton Guyer on Friday. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
“Our previous game with Guyer was a fantastic game,” Schoettle said. “We had spectacular defensive play in that game. We threw out a couple of runners at the plate from the outfield, and they made some really good plays, too.
“Normally, we play a really good game with them, and I am expecting another one on Friday night.”
Guyer defeated Nelson 3-1 in the team’s first encounter on March 24. The two teams will square off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Guyer High School.
Nelson lost to Keller by a score of 11-3 on Friday night, and Schoettle said that there were a couple of areas in which her team really struggled.
“We had some defensive mishaps,” Schoettle said. “And we didn’t hit them as well as we did the first time. So we were kind of down on Friday night, but we are looking to learn from that and rebound.”
Schoettle said that with her team in fourth place heading into this week, she knows things could be worse, but said she is still not satisfied that the Lady Bobcats still have a postseason spot in the bag.
“We’re definitely not comfortable,” Schoettle said. “We’ve still got basically five teams in the running to make the postseason. So it’s going to come all the way down to the wire, it looks like.”
Schoettle said her team is playing well in a number of areas and said that she thinks things will get on track as the playoffs get underway in a couple of weeks.
“Until Friday night, we have done a pretty good job defensively,” Schoettle said. “Hitting-wise, we’ve been pretty solid there, too. We’ve had a couple of games where we haven’t hit the ball the way we normally do, but I think that once those pieces come together, and we are firing on all cylinders, we will be just fine.”