Mansfield Sports

Lady Tigers softball enters week with 12-game winning streak

The Mansfield softball team outscored its first three district opponents by a combined 39 runs, and coach Jennifer Haltom said at this point, the Lady Tigers are firing on all cylinders.

Mansfield played Timberview on Tuesday night in a battle of district unbeatens and will host Midlothian at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

“They are always going to put together a very strong team,” Haltom said. “They are going to hit the ball and be aggressive on the bases. We're going to have to play good defense. It's going to be a great competition on Thursday night.

Mansfield defeated South Grand Prairie by a score of 11-1 on Friday to improve to 3-0 in district competition, and Haltom said it was a good all-around effort from her team.

“I was really excited with the way we played,” Haltom said. “South has always been a great opponent, and you always expect their kids to come out an hit the ball really well and play sound defense. Our girls did a great job. We came out and jumped on them in the first inning and never let up.

“Our girls hit the ball well and we got a great game out of our pitcher, Casey Waterman, and we just kept rolling.”

In the late-February West Texas Classic, the Lady Tigers swept with a 6-0 run and outscored opponents 69-17, with Marlee Boyd belting five home runs.

Haltom said she has been especially impressed with the way her team has progressed throughout the season and said, at this point, it is difficult to find flaws.

“From where we have started, we have come a long way,” Haltom said. “We are very young this year. I am starting a freshman and a bunch of sophomores, and we started out kind of rocky. We've gotten on a really good roll and the girls are really starting to play well together.

“We've won 12 in a row, and we've just seemed to hit an area where we are doing a lot of things right. I'm really pleased with the way they've come along.”

Haltom said she has had very good play out of her centerfielder Bailee Baldwin, who is hitting over .450 on the season from the lead-off position and had two home runs at the West Texas Classic.

“She sets the tone,” Haltom said. “If she starts the game off well, everyone seems to follow her.”

Haltom said that for her team to have a strong showing in district, make the playoffs and have a good playoff run, it really boils down to one thing.

“We have to play good defense,” Haltom said. “That's our area of focus right now. We hit the ball really well, and we're going to score some runs. Casey is doing a great job at pitcher, so it really comes down to our defense. We have to play good defense.”