People looking from outside of Pilot Point’s softball program probably were wondering who was going to replace standout pitcher Skylar Cagle after she left for Northwestern State.
People on the inside, however, didn’t need long to answer that question.
Junior Preslee Gallaway has moved from shortstop to the pitching circle, and so far in district play has been spotless.
Gallaway and the Lady Cats will take a break from District 12-2A action this weekend and travel to San Marcos for a tournament.
Gallaway has helped the defending Class 2A state champions win their first three district games.
“She’s kind of our little secret that’s not a secret anymore,” Pilot Point coach James Ramsey said. “She would have been starting for most of the teams we played last year. But we had Skylar, and she was great for us at shortstop. We had anticipated her to do well this year.”
On Tuesday night, it was business as usual for the Lady Cats. Gallaway, who has orally committed to Louisiana Tech, allowed four hits in a complete game. She tallied 12 strikeouts and walked one batter in Pilot Point’s 4-0 win over Caddo Mills.
Gallaway has pitched all 19 innings for the Lady Cats in district play, and Pilot Point (10-3-1, 3-0 district) has not surrendered a run during that stretch.
The Lady Cats have not allowed a run to a district opponent in nine games, a stretch that goes back to last season when Cagle was on the mound.
Ramsey said he plans on getting freshman Mercedez Lane some pitching work in this weekend’s tournament.
The Pilot Point coach said that, along with some team bonding, he hopes to see his squad improve at the plate when it has chances to score.
“When we have opportunities to drive runs in when we have runners in scoring position, I’d like to see some kids step up and get some big hits for us,” Ramsey said.
With the playoffs well over a month away, Ramsey likes the progress his team has made.
“I feel like we’re getting better each game,” Ramsey said. “It’s been a process, but things are starting to come together.”
Argyle to join Pilot Point at San Marcos tourney
The Argyle Lady Eagles will join Pilot Point in the San Marcos tournament. Argyle made the trip south Wednesday, one day ahead of the Lady Cats.
Argyle will return to Denton County and face Sanger at home Tuesday before starting District 10-3A play at Carrollton Ranchview on March 21.
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