Softball hopes to keep playoff run alive

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Softball hopes to keep playoff run alive

Senior Alyssa Difiore makes a diving play to keep the ball in the infield.

Senior Alyssa Difiore makes a diving play to keep the ball in the infield.

Grace Nguyen

Senior Alyssa Difiore makes a diving play to keep the ball in the infield.

Grace Nguyen

Grace Nguyen

Senior Alyssa Difiore makes a diving play to keep the ball in the infield.

Drew Doig, Staff Writer

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The softball team (18-12 overall, 9-6 district) will travel to Sulphur Springs (17-4, 9-1) in a win-or-go-home play game two of the bi-district championship series tonight at 7 p.m.

The team is focused on three factors heading into game two.

“We must limit Sulphur Springs to less than five walks, play error-free on defense, and score at least five runs,” Roberts said.

The team lost to Sulphur Springs in game one 15-4. The Lady Leopards scored first as senior Alyssa Difiore hit a sacrifice fly to score the first run of the game. In the third inning, the team scored three runs as they trailed 6-4 to Sulphur Springs.

“We were trailing 6-4 but made nine errors defensively which was the difference of the game,” Roberts said.

Going into the fifth inning, the team only trailed 7-4 until Sulphur Springs put together an eight run inning to increase their margin of victory and secured the win.

“We lost 15-4, but 12 of those 15 runs were unearned,” Roberts said. “We did walk a few too many batters, but defense wins championships, and we didn’t play well.”

If the team manages to win game two against Sulphur Springs, they will play the third and final game at a neutral site in Royse City on Saturday at 12 p.m.

“We can force a game three on Saturday, but we must be efficient offensively and defensively,” Roberts said.

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