Poteet softball 3-6

Poteet exploded for 14 runs in the third inning as they cruised to a 16-0 victory over Carrollton Newman Smith on Tuesday.

The 10-4A softball race has been a two-team affair between Forney and Poteet in recent years.

But as the district season got started on Tuesday, there is a little more uncertainty for those two powers, and reasons for optimism for some of the other 10-4A teams.

The Jackrabbits were hit hard by graduation from last year's regional semifinalist team and have struggled against some of the top teams in the area.

The Pirates have certainly showed off their firepower at the plate, but due to several regular players missing time, have not been able to develop the consistency they would like just yet.

Sensing it could be their time to rise, two other teams have emerged as possible contenders. One a younger program in North Forney, a playoff team from a year ago who has the best record among 10-4A teams in non-district play. The other is the oldest program in Highland Park, who despite its great success in many sports, has not found the same magic in softball.

Here is a look at the 10-4A softball teams:

Poteet

2013 Record: 21-14 (11-3 in 10-4A, T-2nd)

Playoffs: Lost to Frisco in bi-district

2014 Record: 8-9, 1-0 in 10-4A

Head coach: Joe Huber

Notable: The Pirates knew heading into the season they would enjoy an embarrassment of offensive riches as one of the top scoring teams in the area, and they got another boost in the offseason with the transfer of Aubree Turbeville from Horn.

The 12-5A offensive player of the year a season ago, all the junior has done thus far is hit .615 with 11 doubles, two home runs and 19 RBIs.

Last season's 10-4A MVP, Madison Yannetti, has only played in eight games thus far, but has posted a .526 average. A year ago, the senior hit .585 with 18 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 42 runs batted in.

The other big bats have also picked up where they left off with junior first baseman Shelby Wilson (.489, 20 RBIs) and senior catcher Selena Mendoza (.509, 18 runs) as the Pirates are hitting .389 as a team. Cassie Vasquez and Madison Sadler have split time on the mound and are each capable hitters, as well.

West Mesquite

2013 Record: 2-15 (1-13)

Playoffs: None

2014 Record: 2-9, 0-1 in 10-4A

Head coach: Carissa Hatley

Notable: The Wranglers have suffered through some rough times during the past decade but are relying on a young group of players as they set out to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

On the mound, West Mesquite has rotated sophomore Baylee Black and freshman Marcela Rios based on their performances in practice. Among the steady pieces on defense are junior center fielder Havan Vance and freshman catcher Autumn Colbert and the team got a big lift when shortstop Alexis Sandoval returned from injury.

Colbert has also been among the team's top hitters, joining junior Keshawnta Alexander, who is hitting .400 so far on the season.

The Rest:

Forney

Record: 2-8-1, 1-0

Players to Watch: Halie Tanner (Jr. OF), Baylei Wildman (Jr., C), Jenny McElroy (Jr. P/IF)

North Forney

Record: 12-3-2

Players to Watch: Peyton Hedrick (Sr., SS), Marilyn Rizzato (So., 3B), Taylor Sieber (Sr., C), Blake Bennett (Jr., 2B)

Highland Park

Record: 9-5, 1-0

Players to Watch: Katie Bell (So. P), Virginia Smith (Sr., C), Emily Vandemeer (Jr., Util.), Ginna Klein (Sr., 3B)

Carrollton Creekview

Record: 5-8

Players to Watch: Jayme Johnson (Sr. OF), Alyssa Jimenez (Jr., IF), Kira Edmeads (Jr., SS/C), Sydney Walker (Sr., P)

Carrollton Newman Smith

Record: 1-5-1, 0-1

Players to Watch: Annie Green (So. SS/OF), Allie Harrelson, Amber Talton (Jr., P)

Terrell

Record: 1-7, 0-1

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