Mansfield Sports

Legacy ends softball run three rounds deep despite having no seniors

A Class 5A softball team with no seniors only just recently bowed out of the softball playoffs.

Legacy made it three rounds deep into the playoffs only to face the state’s third-ranked Hallsville and drop the series in two games at Forney last week.

The Lady Broncos lost 5-1 and 10-5 decisions.

In Game 1, Reagan Wright belted a home run in the bottom half of the first inning to tie the score with Hallsville at 1-1.

The game remained tight until the fourth inning when Hallsville broke out for a run in the next four innings while keeping Legacy scoreless.

Game 2 was much like the early going of the first game.

In the top of the first, Legacy broke out to a 2-0 lead on the strength of another Wright home run along with another round-tripper by Meagan Dake.

That Legacy 2-0 lead lasted until the bottom of the third inning when Hallsville tied the score.

A seven-run fifth inning all but put Legacy away for the game. But the Lady Broncos showed they wouldn’t go down easily and put up three more runs in their half of the final inning.

But it was too little, too late.

Legacy ends the season at 19-8 after having finished third in District 14-5A.

Hallsville, which had defeated Timberview, 4-3, in the previous round, will move on to the Region II semifinals and face Rockwall Heath and the area’s top hitter in Katie Webster. Webster is hitting almost .720.

The season was a test each week for the Lady Broncos, whose youth was only honed for a likely more productive season next year.

“We’re young and have no seniors, but just a few players with any playoff experience from their freshman year,” Legacy head coach Amie Prater said at the start of the playoff season.

Now, there can be nothing but excitement in the Legacy softball camp once the disappointment of the loss settles.

Back will be the likes of Dake, Wright, Brittany Munoz, Karlie Milburn and Sophie Hannabas.

In fact, every roster name can be expected to make significant headlines for the Lady Broncos in 2016.

Legacy should contend for a district title and give Ennis and Timberview a run for their money.

But that’s next year’s conjecture.

What remains is the foundation which first-year Legacy coach Amie Prater has set for the program going forward. Prater arrived at Legacy after coaching at Kennedale.