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Lady Texans heat up in 4-5A

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Northwest Lady Texans let their District 4-5A opener get away from them last month when Keller plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 12-9 win.

Since that loss, the Lady Texans have been on a tear, winning three straight in district play and four of six overall.

The Lady Texans were off Friday, coming off a 2-1 victory over Southlake Carroll Tuesday that improved their record to 11-8 on the year.

“The girls are in a good spot right now,” said Northwest coach Tanya Morrow. “We should be 4-0, but we’ll take 3-1.”

Pitcher Catherine Totty has been solid during the recent uptick. Over 19 innings in her past three district games against Fossil Ridge, Haltom and Carroll, Totty has allowed only two runs on 10 hits, with 18 strikeout and four walks.

Morrow said her hurler has really come on since the 3-1 win over Denton Guyer Feb. 28 at the Frisco Tournament. She held Guyer to a run on four hits in that outing.

“That was the turning point for her,” Morrow said. “She pitched her best game so far and hasn’t looked back.

“One thing she is doing is getting the leadoff batter each inning out.”

Defensively, Northwest has only two errors in four district games.

The Lady Texans’ potent lineup is providing Totty with plenty of run support. They piled up nine runs against Fossil Ridge and 16 against Haltom. Even in being held to two runs in the win over Carroll, Northwest managed six hits.

“We are hitting well one through nine,” Morrow said. “Brianna [Barnhill] and [Sydnee] Hinkle are hitting home runs. Tuesday [DerMargosian] at leadoff is doing a great job of getting on base. Really, one through nine, we’ve been solid.”

The Lady Texans will return to the field Tuesday at Timber Creek. They will play host to Richland Friday.

“Next week is a big chance to move forward,” Morrow said. “Timber Creek and Richland are both playing well.”

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