The Legacy softball team put it all on the line in a one-game, winner-takes-all series and came out shining bright.
What was originally planned as a best-of-three series was forced into a single-game series due to the weather.
The Lady Broncos got past Lufkin in their area-round playoff game in Hallsville on Saturday, winning 5-2. The series was initially scheduled to be played in Lindale.
Legacy advances to the regional quarterfinals to take on Hallsville in 5A’s Region II.
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In the win over Lufkin, all the scoring was in the fifth inning, and for Legacy, its half was better than Lufkin’s.
“Once we got to our big inning, we clicked,” said head coach Amie Prater.
Meagan Dake’s grand slam was part of the fireworks after a walk of Reagan Wright scored Erin Keating for Legacy’s first run.
Teammates Brittany Munoz and Karlie Milburn collected doubles.
Legacy lefty Sophie Hannabas was throwing a perfect game through the first four innings.
“We don’t go in with the mentality we’re going to strike everyone out,” said Prater. “We work on our strength of the defense and make smart outs.”
Smart outs consisted of grounders and soft pop-ups to assist Hannabas.
“I’m really proud of the girls and the way they’re playing,” Prater said. “Especially for how young we are.”
Hallsville series details had yet to be finalized by the press deadline, but Prater said the initial target was for games on Wednesday or Thursday and then Friday and an if-needed game on Saturday in the Forney area. Preferably, the teams would seek a field with a turf surface. At least one game will need to be played to avoid the dreaded coin-flip series. See www.dfwvarsity.com for updates.
“A coin flip is the last thing you want,” Prater said.
Even with Hallsville having front row seats to watch Legacy, Prater said the important thing is how the team plays on a given night.
Speaking of Hallsville, Timberview met the state’s third-ranked team in the area round and learned why Hallsville had earned the ranking.
The Lady Wolves did play the first game with Hallsville very close, but lost 4-3.
Timberview fought the weather prior to game two and didn’t get underway until close to 10 p.m. on Friday night.
It was obviously past the Lady Wolves’ curfew.
Hallsville staked out a six-run first inning and Timberview never recovered. The final score of the season’s final game for Timberview was 10-0.
“The team exceeded expectations,” Timberview head coach Donya Mooney said. “We talked about the goal of making the playoffs at the first of the year and knew that with a young squad, we’d struggle offensively.”
Timberview will have plenty to look forward to next season.
The Lady Wolves return both pitchers, including standouts Mariah Denson and Mayriah Brown. Both players can impress from the circle and the batter’s box.
A great glove and leader by example, Chelsea Luddeke, will also be expected to return.
This year, Luddeke went behind the plate when the Lady Wolves needed a catcher.
“Standing or crouching, she’s got a great glove,” Mooney said of Luddeke, who may return to the field next season, if needed.