• September 16, 2014

Lady Knights in hunt for playoff spot

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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 4:30 am

After its second lopsided win against Shoemaker on Tuesday, Harker Heights earned a season sweep of the Lady Grey Wolves, winning the two meetings by a combined 21 runs.

But the win was even bigger than that for the Lady Knights.

The victory pulled Heights to within one game of .500 in district play, meaning the Lady Knights — who had a rough ending to the first half of league play — are still in the playoff race.

“We have to tell them, hey you’re still in the playoff hunt,” head coach Jaime Stephens said. “If we make those corrections, we’ll be OK. But we have to be able to play our game and we have to step it up.”

The corrections Stephens was referring to were miscues on the base paths and discipline at the plate.

And Heights will certainly need to correct both if it hopes to rally for a playoff spot amid a challenging schedule.

The Lady Knights visit perennial-power Temple tonight before playing their home finale against Waco Midway then ending the regular season on the road.

And with Temple, and its ace Lexi Smith on tap for tonight, Stephens said the Lady Knights simply can’t swing at pitches outside of the zone as they did at times Tuesday against Shoemaker.

“She’s a good pitcher,” Stephens said. “She’s a senior, so she knows what she’s doing.

“We just have to be smart enough at the plate. We did score on them (last time) but we left runners on. We just have to be able to move our runners and be able to play solid defense.”

For Heights ace Sierra Warren, who had an RBI single and 11 strikeouts against Shoemaker, the lesson was bigger than that.

“I think we need to come together more as a team because our coaches can teach us everything skill-wise, but they can’t teach us how to work as a team and together,” Warren said.

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