Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Plano West rallies for key softball victory to forge tie with Boyd in 10-5A
PLANO — To keep realistic hopes of a District 10-5A softball title alive, Plano West needed a victory over McKinney Boyd.
And the Lady Wolves got their win, clawing back from an early deficit to claim a 5-4 victory Friday night.
Plano West pulled into a tie with Boyd in the 10-5A standings. Both teams are 5-1 with four games remaining.
Catcher Margo Beck was the hitting star for Plano West (18-6-1), going 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
“I have confidence in my stroke right now,’’ said Beck, who hit her 10th home run of the season in the second inning to begin the Lady Wolves’ comeback. “This is right where we wanted to be.’’
Junior pitcher Marissa Butler gained her 11th victory in 16 decisions, scattering six hits and surviving a seventh-inning scare.
“It felt like a playoff game,’’ said Plano West coach Mike Ledsome.
Boyd (14-4-1) overcame a 3-0 deficit in the teams’ first meeting March 7 for a 5-4 victory. This time it was Plano West with the comeback from a 2-0 hole.
Trailing 2-1 after Beck’s home run, Plano West surged ahead with two runs in the fourth. Beck opened with a single, and Holly Neese followed with a base hit that got under the glove of center fielder Cassandra Heller and rolled to the fence. Courtesy runner Kayla Robinson scored the tying run, and Neese advanced to third. Yoona Lee’s bunt single gave Plano West a 3-2 lead.
Beck gave Butler breathing room with a two-run single in the fifth to make it 5-2. Kelly Burke opened the inning by reaching on an error, and the Lady Wolves loaded the bases for Beck with singles by Amelia Trotter and Kelsey Vining.
Boyd made things interesting in the seventh on Jill Nicklas’ two-run homer.