It had been four years since Euless Trinity beat Hurst L.D. Bell in a softball game, but the Trojans ended that drought with a 10-3 win at Bell last week.
“When you’ve got 10 seniors that helps a lot,” Trinity coach Cori Trevino said. “Three of them have been playing together on varsity since they were freshmen and six since they were sophomores.”
The Blue Raiders were unbeaten in district last season and had a 4-0 record in 6-5A action this season before the Trinity game.
The Trojans (11-8, 4-1) have lost only to Colleyville Heritage in district play this season and as things stand now, are a serious contender for a playoff spot.
Senior right-hander Addie Curry shook off a slow start after giving up runs in the first and second innings to give up only one more and scatter six hits in seven innings. Curry also added six strikeouts.
Trinity’s offense was stout also, as Curry was 3 for 3 with a run scored and Kelsey Horn had a double and scored three runs.
“This has been a big thing for the girls because they’ve been so close to getting into the playoffs in the past couple of seasons,” Trevino said. “I think they just have their mind made up to do it this year.”
For Bell (10-8, 4-1), the loss also sent notice to something coach Thomas Shives said he already knew.
The teams in District 6-5A have leveled off with the Blue Raiders.
Still, two seniors return from last season’s squad, including third baseman Lauren Mankel.
She had only one hit and drew a walk to score a run in the Trinity loss, but has a .636 slugging percentage with six extra-base hits and 10 RBIs on the year.
Infielder Valerie Page leads Bell with a .463 average and 19 runs scored.
Pitcher Ashley Robinson, who picked up the loss against Trinity, has been stout this season tossing 25 2/3 innings with a 1.91 ERA.
Out of hibernation
Third baseman Shannon Rhodes is hitting .484 for White Settlement Brewer as the Bears are 4-0 in District 5-4A play and out to a 12-5-1 start.
Rhodes has 14 extra-base hits this season and an .871 slugging percentage with 26 runs scored and 15 RBIs.
Brewer was perfect during spring break with run-rule wins over Wichita Falls and Wichita Falls Rider.
Sarah Miller picked up the win against Rider, where she and teammate Bailey Turner combined for a one-hit shutout. Miller struck out six in three innings.
Miller has thrown 77 innings, recording 93 strikeouts with a 1.09 ERA.
Backup toes line
Saginaw Boswell senior Brittany Sharp substituted for regular starting pitcher Corrina Palomino last week, going 1-1.
Sharp picked up the win last Monday against Fort Worth Eastern Hills, but was clipped the following day in a 7-2 loss to Saginaw.
That leaves Boswell at 5-2 in District 6-4 play, after starting the season 1-9.
“We’re kind of right where we were last year in relation to getting that last playoff spot,” coach Guy Wallum said. “I feel like we’re a better team, but I also feel like Chisholm Trail has improved too.”
Boswell tied with Chisholm Trail for third place in district last season as the teams split the season series.