Timberview swept Flower Mound Marcus to advance to the softball regional quarterfinals, while Mansfield and Legacy both lost their second-round matchups.
Timberview notched 5-2 and 3-0 decisions over Marcus to set this week’s best-of-three series with Lewisville.
Donya Mooney, the Timberview head coach, said the two teams had reached agreement on a home-and-home format, but no other details had been finalized prior to the press deadline.
“We played well,” Mooney said of the Marcus series. “The kids came through and executed in certain situations. (Pitcher) Mariah (Denson) came through with runners on base and just one out. We had a good series.”
The playoffs afford a team almost an additional season of experience as they move forward, and Mooney said the Lady Wolves will take advantage of the opportunity.
“It’s a whole new season,” Mooney said. “Now a new season begins and an it’s an opportunity to push hard in some areas and to back off where you need it and change your focus for that particular series that’s in front of you.”
Taking on the defending state champions in Lewisville, Timberview knows the Lady Farmers have a strong pitcher and have been down the playoff road before.
“If we stay the course and do what we’ve been doing, we’ll be fine,” Mooney said. “We’ll prepare for each specific series and we’ll have a chance to talk to the kids and narrow the focus,” she said of the week’s preparations.
For Legacy, the 2-1 series loss to Hallsville winds up an otherwise successful season.
The Lady Broncos lost the opener 9-0 and had every chance to let down in the second game.
Instead, Legacy turned in a solid performance and evened the series at 1-1 by a solid 6-1 decision.
Hallsville took the deciding game, 9-2, to end the season for Legacy.
“We regrouped and put a full game together,” said Legacy head coach Michelle Mayfield. “We thought we had the momentum (going into Game 3) and the wheels came off in the bottom of the sixth inning,” she said, as Hallsville tallied six runs.
Kendall Potts threw in back-to-back appearances, coming in early in Game 1 and then throwing a complete Game 2.
“I’m proud of the season overall,” Mayfield said. “It’s tough to lose when you don’t play your best, but I’m proud of the team.”
Coming back after a loss, Mayfield said the team felt a comeback was possible.
“It was a new day and we felt we were capable,” Mayfield added. “It all came down to mental focus. Much like all year, the mental focus got the best of us. Some of that is our youth,” she said.
In Saturday’s final game, Mayfield said batters getting behind in the count was the beginning of the disaster for the Lady Broncos.
“Once you get behind in the count with a good pitcher, normally, they get the best of you,” Mayfield said.
“The score was not a reflection of how good the team is,” Mayfield said of the Lady Broncos. “We can learn lessons from those mistakes we made and come back and continue to be successful.”
For Mansfield, the one-game, winner-take-all format worked against them this round, as they lost to Hebron, 8-7.
The Lady Tigers had won in the one-game format last week to topple Temple in a 1-0 win.
Mansfield had 13 hits to Hebron’s 12, but the Lady Tigers also committed three errors.