Mansfield Sports

Timberview softball plays two days for first district win

Timberview took two days to do it, but the Lady Wolves came away with their first district softball win last week.

In a rain-delayed game from Tuesday which picked back up on Wednesday, Timberview picked up a decisive 16-4 win over Midlothian last week before they boarded a bus for a tournament in Houston.

Timberview was scheduled to face Duncanville on Tuesday and then play at Grand Prairie this Friday to pick up where they left off in their district schedule.

“The expectations are very high,” said head coach Donya Mooney. “We’re very balanced, have solid pitching and catching and defensively are tough.”

Prior to the Sienna Missouri City Tournament in Houston, the Lady Wolves had yielded just seven runs in eight games.

All but three starters are back for Timberview, which helps the chemistry in the field.

And it all starts with pitching.

Back for Timberview is sophomore Moriah Denson, who helped lead the Lady Wolves to the second round of the playoffs in 2013. They lost to Marcus in three games, while Marcus went on to the regional finals.

As important as Denson is in the circle, catcher Ashley Timmons is back behind the plate to keep the battery fully charged.

“The team takes a lot of pride in our defense and it’s easier for (Denson) when she knows the kids are behind her.”

Additional strength is supplied through the strength of on-base offense including Alex Taylor and Bailey Higgs.

“The top of the lineup is doing a great job,” Mooney said, as the first two spots were at about a .600 on base percentage.

The players do their part, as Mooney acknowledged there are nights when some girls will go 0-for-3, but others will step up and do their share.

While there’s plenty of experience, there are younger players, too, who saw action in the tournament which was a 0-5 outing.

Although the tournament trip wasn’t quite the success Mooney would’ve liked, she said the team found places for focus as the district schedule resumes.

“It was a rough, rough weekend,” Mooney said. “We really didn’t hit well but we also saw three of the top 10 teams in the state there. It was a good experience and it gave us things we can work on.

“The good thing is that we’re still starting the district undefeated,” Mooney added. “And we came back healthy.”

With a strong defense, the Lady Wolves aren’t without some productive bats at the plate.

Putting 16 runs on Midlothian wasn’t a fluke. The Lady Wolves had also beaten Burleson Centennial 6-0 earlier.

The 16-run output was the fifth time this season the Lady Wolves had registered double-digit run production.

“Midlo is one of the best teams in the district,” Mooney said. “They’re scrappy and they hit the ball well. We played probably our best game against Centennial.”

Although Timberview isn’t surprising anyone with its play thus far, the expectations have been embraced by the squad.

“The kids have done a good job picking each other up,” Mooney said. “We do whatever needs to be done to score runs.”

Expectations are double-edged for Timberview, and Mooney knows both sides.

“It can make you crazy and make you humble,” she said. “So far, we’ve been fortunate to pull it all together.”