Expectations have long been high for Deer Park softball.
After winning state titles in 2012 and 2014, all indicators pointed to the Lady Deer reclaiming the title in 2016. Those hopes were dashed by Pearland in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs.
Last year, the story was unfortunately similar. After going undefeated in district, The Lady Deer this time made it to the state semifinals before being knocked out by Keller.
Fans may view this year’s team with cautious optimism as they again finish the regular season with a perfect district record, especially after the late-inning heroics required to finish off West Brook in the final district game.
Concerns about the Lady Deer’s less-than-sharp performance were mostly assuaged when they handily defeated Baytown Sterling 11-1 and 8-5.
Going forth, the Lady Deer will rely on junior Sara Vanderford to continue her stellar season hitting .514 to lead them at the plate. The story in the circle, however, is not so clear as pitching duties are split between senior Alysa Torres and her heir apparent sophomore Julia York.
The Lady Deer may face their first test in weeks when they travel to Alvin on Thursday to take on district 23-6A runner up Brazoswood.
By Jordan Lost