Softball- first in state


The softball team played against Plano East Feb. 26 and came out not only with another victory, but also a new title. New rankings by The Dallas Morning News moved the undefeated softball team up to first in the state. The team’s record is now 12-0. Head softball coach Christy Tumilty said it is nice to be recognized for their hard work, but she and the team are focused on staying consistent throughout the season.

“We’re proud of it, but we want to stay grounded and remember our focus is to win state, not be ranked first in state March 4,” Tumilty said.

Tumilty said to maintain this success and keep their ranking, the softball team continues to do what they have been doing by working hard in practice and the weight room.

“We take a lot of time to fine tune certain parts of our game, whether it’s on defense or offense,” Tumilty said.

This is the first time the softball team has been ranked first in state. The highest ranking in previous years was fourth in 2008. Junior Ashley Hardin said the teammates are closer this year which helped the team earn this ranking.

“We’re bonding as a team together which is why we’re playing so well on the field because we trust each other on and off the field,” Hardin said.

Hardin said the team contrasts with previous years because the players have a stronger friendship and have had more experience. Another strength this season is pitching. Hardin herself has already had eight home runs. Hardin said the players are continuing to focus on achieving their ultimate goal despite being ranked first in state so early in the season.

“It’s a good feeling, but as our coach tells us, we have to be humble about it because it’s not guaranteed,” Hardin said.