The last time the Carrollton High School softball team dropped a game was more than a month ago — Sept. 13, to be exact — and Lisa Phillips and her ballclub hope to keep it that way as the Region 7 champions of Class AAAAA delve deeper into the postseason.
Fresh off a quick sweep of Southwest DeKalb in the first round of the state playoffs, the top-seeded Lady Trojans will look to punch their ticket to Columbus when they host Region 1 runner-up Harris County for a second-round series that begins with a 4:30 p.m. twin bill on Wednesday. The if-game is set for 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Since the 1-0, mid-September loss to Kell, the Lady Trojans (21-7) have rattled off 11 consecutive wins to get to their current position, needing just two victories to return to the elite eight for the second time in three seasons.
Prior to Monday afternoon's practice, Phillips described her team's resolve over the past month.
"We've been successful these last few weeks of the season," Phillips said. "We have a relatively young group, but they're experienced and play well together. They've really done a good job over the last few weeks of being focused on the task at hand and taking care of what we do. As we move deeper into the postseason, it's just a matter of taking care of who we are and what we need to do to hopefully be successful."
The Lady Trojans welcome a Harris County club who shut out McIntosh in both games of its first-round matchup to move forward. The Lady Tigers (17-8) out of Hamilton have won four of their last five ballgames and pose a challenge that Phillips and company are prepared for this week.
"They may have been a two seed, but they're a very good two seed. Just getting a read on them, they bring in a pair of talented pitchers, the left side of their infield is really good and their outfielders and catcher have really strong arms. They'll definitely be a very strong challenge for our group. However, if we play as we have been playing, I like our chances. I like our kids' work ethic, grit and determination," Phillips said.
"We have a lot of positives in place that can hopefully counteract some of the things they're trying to do. If we can execute our plan with what we want to do at the plate, on the bases and on the pitcher's mound, we should have a good chance of hopefully moving onto the elite eight."