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Burnet softball takes momentum into district play

The Burnet High School softball team beat Hutto 11-0 March 10 and Copperas Cove 14-5 March 6 before the start of District 24-4A play.

That begins at home against Georgetown Gateway at noon Tuesday, March 14, at Bulldog Diamonds.

“This is the best week we’ve been playing probably, honestly, since I’ve been here at Burnet,” head coach Hailey Wooten said. “We’re hitting on all parts. Our motto is ‘Five Units Strong.’ We talk about our goals and our goals are to be five units strong.”

That means the Lady Dawgs doing their best in all phases of the sport. The belief is that if they can do that, they’ll be successful.

The team will take that mindset into the opener against Gateway, which ended the Lady Dawgs’ season in a play-in game for the final playoff berth in 2022.

“They’re excited and they’re ready,” Wooten said. “If what we’re doing is working, we don’t really stray off that.”

Sophomore pitcher Presely Crawford is expected to be in the circle.

The hitting has been fiery thanks in part to Maddie Moise and freshman Journey Denton.

“(Moise) is hitting over .600 for the season,” the coach said. “She is hot right now. She has a lot of power.”

Moise qualified for the state powerlifting meet, which is at 1 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Comerica Center in Frisco. Wooten said that extra commitment to the weight room is paying off on the diamond.

“When she makes contact, she is hitting with power,” the coach said.

Denton is simply impressing with her hitting ability.

“She’s a switch hitter, and I’ve never coached one of those,” Wooten said. “She can bunt, she can slap from either side and is effective. When she gets on, she’s a threat to score. Against Cove, she came up and hit on the right side and hit a grand slam.”

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