After struggling to score runs in its last game, the Boyd softball team crossed the plate several times in the top of the first inning of their “Crosstown Showdown” matchup with McKinney and never looked back.
When their offensive onslaught was over, the Lady Broncos’ run-ruled the Lionettes by cruising to an 11-0 win in five innings. With the victory, Boyd extends its district winning streak to three games while also posting a third straight victory over McKinney.
Even more importantly, the Lady Broncos finish the first round of District 9-6A action at 4-2, which puts them into a second-place tie with Prosper and on track to make the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
“This was a great win tonight, because we played sound offensively and defensively,” said Maureen Fritz, Boyd head coach. “It always feels good to beat [McKinney] High and just keeps us on our path of getting better and gaining confidence every game we play. I love it when no one pays attention and we just do our thing, but good for the girls for the attention they are getting now by playing absolutely together as a team.”
Boyd got two hits and capitalized on two McKinney errors to get its first three batters home and eventually put up four runs in the opening inning. Star senior shortstop Diana Murtha had a big night for the Lady Broncos, busting a single and a double while collecting three RBIs – a game-high that helped set the tone for the Lady Broncos.
“It is amazing and always a great feeling to beat your rivals and come out on top and show how good of a team we are,” Murtha said. “It’s always nice to get things done early and I’m excited I got the hit that pushed us into the run rule. After we beat Plano, we felt like we are a team to beat. Our goal is playoffs and we aren’t stopping until we get there.”
In the circle, star sophomore pitcher Kinsey Kackley extended her consecutive scoreless inning streak to 27 while recording her third consecutive shutout and her fourth in district play. Despite getting the shutout victory, Kackley wasn’t as sharp as she has been over the last two weeks – evident by walking four Lionettes while working on things in the circle. Kackley even saw her streak of consecutive outings of double-figure strikeouts end at an amazing 12 games after fanning eight in Tuesday’s win.
“My mindset is a little different as I’m working on attacking from the first pitch because people in district have all seen me once now,” Kackley said. “My hips felt a little weird tonight, but I was great mentally and, despite all that, it felt good to get a shutout tonight against McKinney. It always feels great to beat McKinney and even better to run rule them after playing 14 innings last game.”
While Boyd is focusing on ending its playoff drought, its crosstown rivals have been injured the entire season and are simply trying to find ways to win games in district where they remain winless. After committing eight errors on the night, McKinney is intent on pushing forward despite lacking results.
“We got Prosper on Friday which is now our focus, but we got some new girls who are new to 6A softball and they know it and we are still trying to get them to that place were their confidence level is up,” said Tyler Elders, McKinney head coach. “Anytime you start off this far behind in district, you just have to look forward toward the next matchup, which is Prosper, who we match up well with, and look forward to playing again next.”