It was just last month that Southlake Carroll’s softball team surrendered 16 runs in a loss to Keller Timber Creek.
On Tuesday night, pitcher Alex Schneider blanked the Falcons, scattering two hits and striking out four, in a 3-0 District 4-5A win at Carroll High School.
The win pushes the Dragons’ winning streak to four games and puts them back in the thick of the district race.
“We just tried to get back in our team groove tonight,” Schneider said. “We’ve beaten them before, we did it last year and I think the biggest difference from last game was not giving up the errors.”
After scoring 15 runs in the first-round loss, this time Carroll (14-10, 5-4) needed only designated hitter Christina Hill’s two-out double in the third to score two runs and grab the lead for good.
Her sharp hit to center scored catcher Lauren Heintzelman and Schneider.
The Dragons added an insurance run in the fourth when Nikki Spuria scored on a Timber Creek error.
The Falcons (14-8, 6-3) couldn’t get anything going and stranded four runners.
Heintzelman was 3 for 3 with three singles and drew a walk in the first.
“The last few games we’ve played a full seven innings,” Carroll coach Tim Stuewe said. “There was a stretch there where we were playing not to lose and we struggled. Tonight they kind of put it all together.”
Schneider was strong, tossing 106 pitches and 64 for strikes. She also threw first-pitch strikes to 13 of the 26 hitters she faced.
Of the three runs Timber Creek’s Kaylee Foster gave up, only two were earned and she scattered seven hits and struck out four.
“We dug ourselves a big hole and got a lot of work to do to get out, but Alex has pitched well the last couple of games and I think she’s starting to get more and more comfortable.” Steuwe said. “Even when we’re getting outs right now, we’re hitting the ball hard so I feel like we’re in a good place.”