The Byron Nelson softball team secured the fourth and final playoff spot with victories against Central and Fossil Ridge last week, and coach Kathy Schoettle said that her team is playing pretty good ball as the postseason draws closer.
Nelson will open the playoffs against Flower Mound at a time and location to be determined, and Schoettle said that for the Lady Bobats to do well against Flower Mound, they will have to play nearly flawlessly.
“They are good, just like everybody else in our district and their district,” Schoettle said. “We are going to have to show up and have a clean game against them. We also have to execute at the plate. In this area, Flower Mound is looked at as a pretty strong opponent, and this day and age, you need to knock them out in the first round.”
Nelson defeated Keller Central by a score of 9-2 last Tuesday, and Schoettle said that her team played very well throughout most of the game.
“We were trying to work some things out to be ready for the playoffs,” Schoettle said. “We started a little slow, but I think we really turned it on there near the end. It was good to see that the kids are staying focused and competing.”
The Lady Bobcats followed that win up with a victory over Keller Fossil Ridge last Friday.
Schoettle said that she is pretty pleased with how her team is playing at this point in the season.
“I'd like to see some improvement in some areas, but then again, we look a lot better in other areas,” Schoettle said. “I guess we just have to kind of take the positives with the negatives. But we've come back in a couple of games and made some adjustments at the plate.
“We've improved in our small ball, the bunt game and our power game, and hopefully that will help us.”
Despite entering the playoffs as a fourth seed, Schoettle said she does not believe that takes any pressure off of her team headed in.
“With the district that we are lined up with, our district and their district, both sides are very strong,” Schoettle said. “I don't think that seeding necessarily is going to be a determining factor.
“I think a couple of years ago, Lewisville entered the playoffs as a fourth seed, and ended up winning a state championship. So at this time of year, and we preach this to the kids, we're all 0-0. Now it's time to show up.”
Schoettle said that she has been especially pleased lately with one player who helped the team in a big game for the Lady Bobcats.
“Bobby Mullihill came in and pitches the last three innings of the game against Fossil Ridge,” Schoettle said. “She came in and held them to one run, while we were making our comeback.”