The Lady Panther softball team completely dominated Seagoville with a pair of shutouts in the best of three series played Friday night and Saturday.
In game one, a 10-0 Panther win, Lindsay Fallen was unhitable as the junior hurler tossed a no-hit shutout while striking out 11.
Game two on Saturday was more of the same as the Lady Panthers downed Seagoville 14-1. Tori Benavides took the win on the mound.
Brittany Caruthers had the hot bat with a triple and a double in game one and a pair of doubles in game two.
The Lady Panthers will host Hewitt Midway, ranked as the top team by the Texas Association of Softball Coaches in the Region II quarterfinals on Thursday. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
The game or best of three series have yet to be determined as to place, day(s) and time.
“Midway is a very solid team, MHS head coach Jennifer McFalls said. “They have some very strong hitters and good defense. I think it will be a very good matchup between us and them. Their pitching doesn’t seem to be totally dominating, but they are a very solid team.”
“I told my team that the road doesn’t get any easier from this point on in the playoffs. The teams with the most heart and guts find a way to win.
“Our kids are excited. We have faced some very talented teams this season with games against Justin Northwest, Plano, McKinney North and others to prepare us for this point in the season,” McFalls added. “I feel we will be able to rise to the occassion when we face Midway.”
McFalls discounts the lopsided wins over Copperas Cove and Seagoville in the first two rounds of the playoffs. “It was good just to be on the field again,” McFalls stated. “Experience in playoff games is a big help. The more playoff games we play at this point the more will be prepared for next game.”
“This is a very tough region with teams like McKinney North, Forney and Poteet as well as Hewitt Midway. It doesn’t matter where you meet them in the playoff ladder. You still have to play those teams to win the region.”
“It is also a tough time of year to practice,” McFalls elaborated. Right now we are ready to play, but it is hard when you only play one game a week or have to wait to the end of the week to play a series. That gets you out of your routine.”
“ One of our practice needs is to work on hitting and speeding up our bats. We saw some slow pitching in the first two rounds and now have to face faster pitches this week. But, the kids have good attitudes. They come to work hard everyday of practice. I am blessed with kids who really want to play and come to practice every day with that attitude,” McFalls enthused.
At 24-10 on the year the Lady Panthers are looking to return to the Region II semi-finals for the third consecutive year. To do so would mean a huge win over the state’s top ranked Midway Panthers.