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The softball team played its first game of the playoffs Thursday night and came out on top, beating Frisco High School 1-0.
Freshman Lauren Lucas pitched a solid game to shut out the Raccoons and crossed the plate on an RBI by senior third baseman Amanda Fields for the game-deciding run. Fields and center fielder Tatum Mowery also made critical defensive plays.
Varsity Softball is prepping for the playoffs this week after a hard-fought regular season in which the team went 23-7-1.
“I am super excited for playoffs!” said freshman pitcher Lauren Lucas. “I think we have the ability to make a name for Little Elm Softball.”
Last year at this time, the team wasn’t in the place that they’re in today. In fact, during the 2016 season, the team had finished 5-23-1. This year, a focus on the future, not the past, is what has brought the team its success so far, according to team members.
“We don’t talk about last year,” sophomore outfielder Tatum Mowery said. “Because last year is the past and we’re focused on how we play now and what our goals are.”
One of those goals was earning a playoff berth.
“Our initial goal was to go to playoffs, but now we want to take that further,” Mowery said. “It’s just the road to state, now. Nothing’s stopping us,” Lucas agreed.
“I can totally see this team going deep in the playoffs,” Lucas said. “We have surprised a lot of people and I think we have the ability to surprise some more!”
The first step was Thursday’s matchup against Frisco High school, a game for which the players said they had mentally prepared.
“We don’t really see obstacles or conflicts,” Mowery said. “We take everything pitch by pitch, and game by game. And every game, we’re playing ourselves. We don’t care who we’re playing against because we’re playing LE softball.”
The pressure doesn’t seem to get to Lucas, either
“The game is an adrenaline rush,” she said. “I do face a lot of pressure every game and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone else, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Some players credit not just mindset, but camaraderie for some of the season’s high points.
“We genuinely enjoy our time around each other and it’s been fun to win some games,” Mowery said. “And I’d say we’re not just teammates, were all best friends… No matter what we’re doing it still feels like the best part of the day.”
Fans will have an opportunity to see the Lady Lobos in action tonight, as they head into the second playoff game. Ahead of the match-up, the players had a message for supporters. “Be there, be loud, bring your noisemakers, and pack the stands!” Mowery said. “Let’s show Frisco how it’s done.”
Freshman pitcher Lauren Lucas is ready to help lead the softball team in its playoff run this weekend.
Thursday’s win brought the team’s record to 24-7-1, and the team will play game 2 of the playoff series tonight (Friday) at 7:00 p.m. in Frisco.