The season came to an abrupt end for the Midlothian Heritage softball team in its 4A bi-district championship series against Lorena.

The Jaguars managed two runs in each game, falling 13-2 and 7-2. The playoff exit also marked the end of Lindsay Fallen's two-year stint as head coach of the Heritage softball program.

Following the game-two loss, Fallen said she thought her team "played awesome."

"The one thing that I told them during the post-game speech was that I thought that they played better than last night and that I couldn't be any more proud of that," Fallen added. "They came in and did what I asked them to do."

Fallen noted the Jaguars accomplished quite a lot in the program's fourth year of varsity competition, including scoring the first playoff run and setting a new program-high in wins (11).

That first run came in the top of the first inning against Lorena when Ashley Deshasier scored on a double off of the bat of Rachel Richard. The drive to left-center field also plated Elizabeth Schmidt.

Tatum Pilkington and Kailey Pollock drove in the two runs in the game-two loss — both on doubles.

"The whole year was always just one step more than we have ever been so I couldn't be more proud and we are not leaving here with our heads down," Fallen said. "I'm excited about their future, for sure."

The skipper added, "I learned so much and grew a lot as a person and a coach and am so grateful that the district took a chance on me when the school opened. And experiencing volleyball was a big bonus. The athletes I've been blessed with are by far the best part of my day. I've been truly lucky to coach them."

Fallen noted she does not have a post-Heritage landing spot or concrete plan yet but did note the decision to move on from the program was hers.


Fred Phipps/Mirror contributed to this report.