The Lady Wildcat softball team is disappointed today because rain has canceled this weekend’s tournament, but they’re off to a great start. After Tuesday night’s victory over Berkner, they are 3-0 in district and planning to make the playoffs.

“We’re really pumped because we beat (district rival) Berkner 10-2,” says shortstop and senior captain Maci McPherson, who was all district Freshman of the Year and first team all district her sophomore and junior years.“We have a really young team, with several freshman starters and only two seniors, but Coach Baker has high expectations for us. The younger girls look to us for leadership, and I don’t want to let them down.”

After the jump, more on this year’s team:

Maci will attend Texas Tech’s school of education in the fall. She currently interns as a second grade teaching assistant at Scofield. “This year I’ve learned not to take the easy way out, to never give up even when things aren’t easy. This year, four years of hard work are paying off.”

When the Cats tied for first place in a preseason tournament in Corpus Christi, freshman Erin Brennan was awarded a medal for outstanding pitching. In another game, Erin set a LHHS record for most strikeouts in a game at 16. Maci was also quick to praise the play of junior Kristen Parrish at first base, junior Mary Beth Smith at second, Elizabeth Koepke at third, and junior Callie Herod as catcher.

Despite their fine play, enticing spectators to come cheer them on has been a challenge. Parents in the booster club have promoted concession stand specials to draw crowds, especially since Tuesday and Friday night games have conflicted with boys’ and girls’ basketball and soccer games and other neighborhood events

“We want people to come watch us this Friday night at Richardson High,” Maci said, “and especially to our home game against our biggest competition, Carrollton Creekview, on March 27. We need a crowd to come and cheer.”