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Farmer softball season recap

Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/5/7 14:01:57 (3009 reads)


It wasn’t supposed to end this way for the Lewisville High School softball team.

Instead of finishing its promising season on a hot, dusty softball diamond somewhere far from home, the Farmers played out their final act two weeks ago on Senior Night. The fact that there was still a cool nip in the air was a reminder that injuries and offensive woes had kept them far from their dream of a return to UIL state championship weekend in Austin.

LHS lost to Plano 4-1 on Senior Night, their seventh consecutive defeat to end the season. It was a loss to Plano back in late March that set the Farmers on their downward trend that culminated in their seventh place finish in District 6-6A.

That night, All–America pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch collided with teammates while attempting to field a fly ball in the 3-2 loss that dropped LHS to fifth in district. She suffered a concussion and never returned to action.

“The season certainly didn't end up the way we hoped,” Farmers coach Lori Alexander said. “It has been a tough season for sure. I feel like we did ok considering the circumstances. We didn't make it and it feels awkward for sure as deep as we have been the past three years.”

Makayla Corbin and Taylor Groover stepped in to fill the pitching void left by Gorsuch’s absence and performed admirably, but their teammates struggled to support them offensively against a gauntlet of pitching talent in what was arguably the best softball district in the state.

LHS managed to score two runs in only two of their five crucial end–of–season games. The Farmers finally exploded for 13 runs against last place McKinney Boyd in the last week of the season but still lost 14-13.

“Taylor and Makayla came in for us and did a great job, we just didn't give them enough run support,” Alexander said. “This district is probably one of the toughest in the state. If you can make it to the playoffs you are definitely prepared for postseason.”

Alexander said a postseason spot is the goal for next year’s team. To do so, she will need to replace six seniors. Gorsuch will continue her career at LSU, while teammates Lindsey French, (LSU-Alexandria), A’Leecia Bell (Texas Southern), Tommi Goodman (Tyler Junior College) and Nicole Nelson (St. Gregory’s OK) will move on to college as well.

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