Leopard Softball Finishes Off 2019 Season As Bi-District Finalists
On Friday, April 26, the Lady Leopards softball team fought a tough fight against Frisco Reedy in a one game Bi-District playoff. The Leopards fell short a run and lost 5-6. The Leopards went 8-2 during district play to finish second in 10-5A. They will be returning seven varsity players for the 2019-2020 season. “As a first year head coach, there was a lot of learning as I went and sometimes some uncertainty, but I was very fortunate to have inherited a group of young ladies who trusted in me and were behind me the entire way,” head coach Brittany Lee said. “It is our philosophy that our success aren’t measured in the W-L column, but rather that we stuck to our values and ended the season better than we started it, and I’m confident we were successful in that this year.”
During the first inning, Frisco Reedy was the first to get on the board taking a 0-2 lead over the Leopards. The Leopards successfully answered back driving in three runs scored by Celeste Soliz, Leah Taylor, and Delaney DiCristofaro in the top of the third inning. Celeste Soliz, Leah Taylor, Delaney DiCristofaro, Rebecca Holiman, and Madeline Robinson had hits in the third inning to put runners in scoring position and drive in runs. Going into the sixth inning, Reedy led the game 3-6. Celeste Soliz and Mackenzie Mitchell added two runs in the sixth but it was not enough for the Leopards. Throughout the game defensively, Celeste Soliz was a wall behind the plate in the catcher position with no passed balls along with her pitcher Sydney Provence who pitched six innings and had three strikeouts on the night. Although the Leopards out hit Reedy 8-6 in the game, they were not able to come out with a win.
Seniors Delaney DiCristofaro, Rebecca Holiman, Allysa Holstead, and Celeste Soliz took the field for the last time as a Lovejoy Leopard. “Each of the four seniors really bought into our selfless, strong approach to the game, and it made a big difference,” Lee said. “They are leaving this program after making a big impact both on their teammates and their coaches.” For Rebecca Holiman and Celeste Soliz, this will not be their last time to play the game as they will be taking their talents to the collegiate level. Holiman will be attending Ouachita Baptist University and Soliz will be attending Arizona State University to play softball. In the fall, DiCristofaro will be attending Texas Tech University and Holstead will be attending Texas A&M University at Galveston.