The season came to an end for the Byron Nelson softball team last week, losing to Flower Mound in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Coach Kathy Schoettle said that she would have liked to see Nelson get further in the postseason, but is still pretty satisfied with the season as a whole.
“Overall, we finished 16-7, and with all of rain-outs this season, I think the girls stayed focused and they worked hard throughout the season,” Schoettle said. “I really couldn't ask for anything else of them. I'm super proud of this group of kids. We only lose two players next year, so the future is bright.”
Nelson lost to Flower Mound by a score of 8-3 on Friday, and Schoettle said that her team played well.
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“I thought the girls did a tremendous job,” Schoettle said. “I couldn't have asked for any more from them. They left everything on the field. Our pitcher threw one of her best games of the season and in addition to scoring, we threatened several innings, which is great against Flower Mound.
“We held our own. We gave up one big inning, which ended up being a game changer. But overall, I am pretty happy with the performance of the team.”
Schoettle said that with the loss of just two players and some strong players moving up from the JV, she is excited about the prospects for next season.
“Our JV was super-competitive this year,” Schoettle said. “Unfortunately, they missed several games due to the weather. We have some great talent coming up, and we also have some older kids on the varsity that have varsity experience that is really going to add to the depth of our team.”
Logan Grado and Breanna Greer are the two seniors moving on, and Schoettle said that both will be missed.
“Logan is our starting left fielder,” Schoettle said. “She has actually been on varsity since she was a freshman. Logan is one of those vocal leaders and hard worker. This summer, she was working out to or three times a day. Then, Breanna was our designated player. She is a quiet leader, and a tough, tough kid. She leads by example and is a hard worker and never takes a play off.”
Grado is headed to Lubbock Christian and Greer will attend Hardin Simmons in the fall. Both will play softball in college.
Schoettle said she hopes that her players take a away a couple of things from this season.
“I want them to learn from everything,” Schoettle said. “We competed in the tough district, and there are certain things you have to learn. You can't take a win for granted. A play isn't routine until it is made and that they still need to grow and not become complacent.”