Softball to play final district game against Lewisville April 22


Peyton Kuschmeider

The team in the dugout cheers as junior pitcher Lucy Crowder stands on deck at their first district game against Marcus on March 6. The team won the game 8-1.

The softball team will play its final district game against Lewisville on April 22 at 11 a.m. at home. This is the team’s second game against Lewisville this season after losing 3-1 against the Farmers on March 28.

“I think we can definitely beat [Lewisville],” senior catcher Zoe Bowen said. “Not that they’re an easy team to beat, but I really think that we have a better chance of beating them the second time around. We’ve [beat them] in the past, and we can do it again.”

Currently, the team has a record of 7-5 in the district, placing them in third behind Plano West and Flower Mound. In the 21-22 season, the Hawks were district champions.

“This season has been different from others because last year was the first year that we won district,” head coach Chelsea Herndon said. “I feel like some of the kids might feel as though there’s a little bit of pressure that they haven’t felt before this year. Handling that pressure and not letting it overcompensate everything else they have to do while still being able to play the game they love has been an important focus.”

The team has been working on improving and strengthening defense, hitting the outside pitch and practicing hitting curveballs.

“We’ve been prepping on keeping a clean defense, which is [making] no errors,” Bowen said. “We can beat Lewisville, and with a clean defense there’s no chance we can lose.”

The team started off its season winning three scrimmages, which senior Shorey Nguyen said boosted the team’s confidence.

“[This season] we played less tournaments, which I think has made us more prepared in a way because we’re not as tired for our district games,” Nguyen said.

Herndon said the team’s season goals are to  learn to overcome slumps and get the team to be loud and supportive during games.

“I have been trying to get my players to know that we don’t have anything to prove,” Herndon said. “We just go out there and play how we play.”