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TOTW: Holliday Lady Eagles Softball

In tonight's Team of the Week, Orlando Sanchez discusses the Lady Eagles' strengths and weaknesses as they keep their eyes focused on continuing their six game streak all the way to the playoffs.

     On the softball diamond, we're more than halfway through district play and the playoff picture is beginning to take form.
     In District 9-2A the Holliday Lady Eagles are playing their best ball at the right time, soaring into the state rankings, and run ruling the opposition one game at a time.
     In tonight's Team of the Week, Orlando Sanchez tells you how the Eagles are lighting up the scoreboard in Class 2A.
     Try to find an offense scoring more runs than the Holliday Lady Eagles. In the last six games, the team has put up 95 runs.
     ''We're putting up crazy runs and this hasn't happened in a long time," said Pitcher Jill Ledford.  "We have multiple homeruns and it's been since my freshman season that we've had one go over the fence. This year we're blowing up the scoreboard.''
      While the team is riding a six game winning streak, the Lady Eagles have run ruled their last five District 9-2A opponents, crossing the plate a minimum of 15 times in those victories.
    ''This is my fourth year and the seniors now were freshmen when i took over," said Holliday Head Coach David Norris. "This has been the best offensive team by far. We've really stressed hitting this year. We've worked hard on it and things are really starting to pay off.''
     ''It definitely gives you confidence when you not only beat them but run rule them," said Holliday Infielder Brittany Thompson. "We really rely on everyone in the lineup. It's not just one single person, it's the whole lineup hitting every time we have runners on base or a chance to score. It seems like we're really connecting.''
     The run support has been more than enough for ace Jill Ledford, who is sporting ten wins during the season.
     "As a pitcher the runs that we're putting up gives me a comfort zone where I can relax and just do my best without having to play uptight," said Ledford.
     However, the team's biggest strength might be its sense of humor.
     ''We definitely love to play pranks. We got our coach's high school pictures and we decorated the whole dugout and the batting cages with them," said Thompson.
     ''I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls. We have fun," said Norris. "Every time we come out they'll play a prank on someone. They'll play a prank on me. We love being around each other and that makes things a lot easier."
     So while it's business on the diamond, the Lady Eagles aren't afraid to have fun.
     ''We get along so well. Our bus rides are so much fun, and it makes us have an even better game," said Holliday Catcher Madaline Sewell. "We love to dance... I love to dance and in the locker room we're just so much fun and everyone is friends on this team. It makes you a better team on and of the field.''
    Tomorrow afternoon Holliday will take on Alvord in a district match-up. The Lady Eagles are  ranked 6th according to the TGCA state rankings released Thursday.
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