The Mansfield softball team dropped a tough game to Timberview a few weeks back by a score of 10-0 in a battle of undefeated district programs to determine which was the queen of District 7-5A competition.
On Friday, the Lady Tigers returned the favor, as Mansfield defeated Timberview 10-0 on the back of a four-hit shutout from pitcher Casey Waterman.
Coach Jennifer Haltom said it was a huge victory for her team and said she really could not have been more satisfied with the effort she received from her players.
“I'm so proud of my kids,” Haltom said. “We had a great week of practice. They spent a lot of time preparing and getting ready to face Timberview. Timberview has a very good team and very good pitcher, and we spent an awful lot of time preparing, and it all paid off.”
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Haltom said that it was a great shot of in the arm for her team’s confidence as well.
“We've got one of the most complete teams that we've had in a long time,” Haltom said. “Not only do we have a great pitching staff, but my kids can hit the ball. We're putting up runs left and right, but the key to our success is when we play good defense.
“We played very good defense on Friday night. Timberview had multiple chances to put some runs up on the board, and our kids came through and made some big plays,” Haltom said.
Waterman homered in the game for the Lady Tigers, while Marlee Boyd and Bailee Baldwin each tripled for Mansfield.
Payton Simpkins doubled in the game for the Lady Tigers.
Haltom said that she is very pleased with the way her team is performing at this point in the season, but cautioned against becoming overconfident before all the dust is settled.
“Everybody wants to be hitting their peak right when the playoffs come,” Haltom said. “With the way we performed on Friday night, if we can continue that the next three games, I'll be feeling pretty good about going into the playoffs. But it is not over by any stretch.”
Mansfield played Midlothian on Tuesday after the press deadline and will host Duncanville at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. See www.dfwvarsity.com for results.
Haltom said that the Pantherettes have improved a lot since Mansfield's 15-5 victory over them on March 18 and said she anticipates a good game.
“They are coming around,” Haltom said. “Duncanville is not just one of those teams we look past anymore. (Coach Christina Valderas has) done a great job over there. She's got some kids over there that can hit the ball. It will be our senior night, so that will add another element to it, so it will be good for the seniors to get a chance to go out on top. So I think it will be a fun night.”