The Byron Nelson softball team lost a close one to Keller by a score of 12-9 on Thursday, and coach Kathy Schoettle said she felt that, in spite of the loss, it was a good effort from her team.
Nelson played Northwest on Tuesday night after after the press deadline; see www.dfwvarsity.com for results. Nelson will square off with Rockwall at noon on Saturday in a game that has a personal meaning for Schoettle.
“Their head coach and I actually played together at Baylor,” Schoettle said of former teammate Shadie Acosta. “So I'm expecting a pretty good game from them. I know they hit the ball pretty well. From what I've been told, their pitching is not overpowering, so it should be a pretty good offensive game, but we want that.
“During our non-district games, we want our opponents to put the ball in play against us so our defense has to work. We can work on some things there, but it should be some fun to get to see an old teammate. We scheduled it because we originally only had one game scheduled this week.”
Nelson lost by three runs on Thursday to the Lady Indians, but Schoettle said that while she would have liked to have gotten the win, she was not disappointed in her team's effort.
“Actually, overall as a unit, we played pretty well,” Schoettle said. “We only had one defensive error, and we hit the ball well. I just think we gave too many free passes and against a good ball team, that is definitely going to cost you.”
In spite of the recent inclement weather, Schoettle said she does not believe that her team has had a hard time establishing a rhythm early on in district play.
“I don't think it has effected us that much,” Schoettle said. “I think our kids have handled it very well. I think we've gotten our cuts in, and you can tell that a lot of other teams have too, just looking at some of the other scores around the area. Looks like everyone is hitting pretty well, and I think the game against Keller was lot like the game against Timber Creek.
“There weren't many errors, I think everyone is doing what they can at this point. The weather is completely out of our control. Hopefully it's going to dry up soon, but I think our kids have handled it well, both mentally and physically.”
Schoettle does acknowledge that her team has had a lot to overcome with the delays, and said she is very proud of the way her team has dealt with it.
“I am definitely pleased with the way the team has handled itself with all of the time off, dealing with the weather and having to make adjustments to the schedule,” Schoettle said. “Our kids sacrificed their entire spring break to make up games. When games get pushed back, that also means you are having to practice, so they've sacrificed a lot, but they are also getting paid off with some wins on the road.”