The Northwest softball team is fighting for its playoff life as it gets set to wrap up the season this week with one of the toughest teams in the district on Friday.
The Lady Texans will square off with Keller in their season finale at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Northwest High School, and head coach Tanya Morrow said her team will definitely have its work cut out for it.
“In our first outing with them, we came out and scored first and then blanked them,” Morrow said. “Then we made some uncharacteristic errors. With Keller, you have to play your best ball. Any type of mistake, they’re going to pounce on.
“Their pitcher is hittable. We just have to take advantage of the opportunities we have to hit her.”
The Lady Texans wrapped up a make-up game against Timber Creek on Monday after their game on Friday was rained out with Northwest holding a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the third inning with a runner on third and two outs.
Northwest played Denton Ryan on Tuesday night after the press deadline. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
They lost to Byron Nelson by a score of 11-6 last Tuesday night.
“It was a great game,” Morrow said. “We scored two, then they scored one, then they scored two and we scored one, and it was back-and-forth all game long. They had a big sixth inning and scored four, and we just couldn’t recover in the seventh inning. But it was a really good game.”
Morrow said that Sydnee Hinkle had a very strong game against Nelson and has been playing extremely well as of late this season.
Morrow said that as the postseason approaches, her team is doing all that it can to fight its way into contention for a playoff spot.
“We’re taking every day just one game at a time,” Morrow said. “We know that mathematically, we’re not eliminated, so we’re just trying to win our last three games to maybe force a play-in so that hopefully we can get in.”
As a perennial playoff team in softball, it is difficult to imagine a postseason without Northwest, but Morrow said her team has faced some adversity this season that have made things more difficult.
“We have a very young team this season with a lot of inexperience,” Morrow said. “And we’ve had a hard time finishing games. Overall, both offensively and defensively, that has been our biggest issue, is just finishing out games.”
Morrow said that she believes that if Northwest is going to have a strong finish to the season, it will have to have a couple of things.
“We just have to have some complete games put together,” Morrow said. “When we are hot offensively, we seem to make errors on defense, and when we are solid on defense, we can’t seem to muster any runs. I think it just a matter of putting those things together.”