After nearly seven weeks using a revolving door with her roster, Byron Nelson softball coach Kathy Schoettle had to cautiously summon the confidence to make the bold proclamation.
She believes her team is healthy.
“You name it and we’ve dealt with some kind of adversity,” Schoettle said. “There have been so many injuries. We haven’t used it as an excuse because the kids we have used still found a way to win games. I have to keep looking at my roster to see who is on it.”
While no one has been lost to a season-ending injury, players have been dinged up enough to where someone has been out from as little as one week to as long as a month. Usually, Schoettle is content to carry a roster of about 13 players. But this year, she is carrying 16.
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Second baseman Paige Tamayo, center fielder Cami Conrad, catcher Chelsie McClure, first baseman Mara Miller and starting pitcher Edie Fairchild were among those missing time with a strain, sprain or tweak. Fairchild was held out of a tournament.
Actually, there are two other players who will miss this week because of undisclosed injuries. However, these setbacks should not impact the team to the degree that the other injuries did.
“We have just turned that corner to where our continuity and consistency have been challenged,” Schoettle said. “But the thing that’s unique about our team is that our varsity and JV practice with each other. So that means people can get used to working with each other. It helps with knowing where people will be on the field and with communication.
“I moved several people up. But the thing is that if the team is going through situations then players can grind through it and be ready.”
While Fairchild has regained her role, the absence created an opportunity for junior Bobbi Mulvihill. Schoettle said the two have split time this season. However, this is not a rotation situation where one pitches on Tuesday and the other on Friday.
It’s a case where both can be used in the same game for different situations. The exposure has helped Mulvihill in the event she is considered the favorite to be the No. 1 pitcher in 2017.
District 5-6A race
It’s a pretty important week for the Lady Bobcats. The played at Denton Ryan on Tuesday before playing host to district leader Keller at home on Friday.
Keller is setting the pace at 7-1. Denton Guyer and Keller Timber Creek are tied for second at 6-2. Nelson is fourth at 5-3. Keller Fossil Ridge is fifth at 4-4. Justin Northwest is sixth at 3-5.
Justin Northwest update
The Lady Texans (14-7, 3-5) enter a defining week when it comes to their playoff hopes. They played host to Denton Guyer Tuesday and play at Keller Central on Friday. They are only two games are out of fourth.
Northwest let a lead get away in the late innings in the first meeting with Guyer. The Lady Texans run ruled Central.
Head coach Tanya Morrow is hoping that her offense will continue to produce led by Texas signee and center fielder Tuesday DerMargosian (.458 27 SB) and right fielder Tarah Hilton (.385 with 33 RBI).