The Grapevine softball team was undefeated in district competition heading into this week, and coach Steve Bottoms said the Lady Mustangs are starting to pick up some momentum.
Grapevine played Fort Worth Polytechnic on Tuesday after the press deadline and will square off with Birdville at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in North Richland Hills in a game that Bottoms said could prove challenging for his team.
“They are pretty good,” Bottoms said. “They have not really lost a lot of people, so we are going to have to play well to beat them. We can’t make mistakes. We can’t give them five outs an inning. They’re too good for that.”
The Lady Mustangs defeated Fort Worth Carter-Riverside last Tuesday by a score of 11-5, and Bottoms said his team is off to a great start.
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“We are playing pretty good,” Bottoms said. “If we can keep our whole team on the field, we will be fine. And, if we can actually get out there and practice, which I think this week we will be able to do. The week before, we had all the rain and lost [did not play] a couple of non-district games that we really could have used. If we can practice, I think we’ll be even better.
“If we can be consistent, make clean plays and not give the game away, we can make a run of it.”
Bottoms said he believes the non-district schedule was challenging enough to put his team in a position to vie for a postseason berth.
“I think it prepared us very well,” Bottoms said. “Going into tournaments, win or lose, we are just trying to get work in that we can’t simulate in practice every day. We want to face good pitching and see things that other teams will present, and that has really seasoned us.
“I tried to schedule as tough of games and tournament as I can to get ready for tough district teams.”