The Northwest softball team rebounded from an 0-2 start in district last week with two good victories over Keller Central and Byron Nelson, and coach Tanya Morrow said her team is starting to gel.
The Texans played Keller Timber Creek on Tuesday after the press deadline and will travel to Denton at 7 p.m. on Thursday to take on Ryan in a game that Morrow said she is sure will be hard fought.
“I watched them play Byron Nelson, and they can hit the ball well,” Morrow said. “Their pitching did a good job of keeping the ball away from the batter, so I think they looked strong, but then I watched them play Timber Creek, and they got shut out, so they have their ups and downs, probably like most of the teams in the district.”
The Texans defeated Nelson by a score of 6-5 on Friday night, and Morrow said that it was a persevering effort from her team.
“It was a great game,” Morrow said. “We scored first, but then got down. And then instead of hanging up our cleats, as they say, we came back and scored one here and two there, and the kids never gave up. They forced it into extra innings, and I felt the girls performed well under that pressure.”
Northwest pulled itself into a four-way tie for third place in its district standings with the victory on Friday night, and Morrow said she is pleased with how her team is competing.
“Our district is so tough,” Morrow said. “It would be nice if we were 4-0. We had Denton Guyer down, and didn’t finish the game, and then we were tied with Fossil Ridge, and they ended up winning, so we easily could be 4-0 or 3-1, instead of 2-2. I think our district is about playing one game at a time and playing every team hard. Anybody can beat anybody.”
Morrow said she does believe the non-district did a good job of preparing Northwest for district play.
“We had some easy games and some tough games,” Morrow said. “I thought we took care of business when we needed to, and then we had some competition against Aledo and Ennis, we played well when we played tougher teams. So I think it was a combination of the girls building confidence and then also playing some teams that were tough.”