The Lady Knights are coming off an undefeated state championship season last year and trying to make another deep run at it this year. The Lady Knights began their season on Feb. 13 against Cypress Christian (4A) TAPPS school with a dominating performance not only with the bats but with pitching too. It took an inning for Faith Academy to calm down and get the bats going. The defense stood tough and held Cypress Christian scoreless through the second inning. The score was 0-0 going into the home half of the second inning in which Lacy Phillips and Destiny Interiano started a rally with back-to-back hits. The bats caught on fire and the Lady Knights would not look back. The game was blown wide open when Maddy Gonzales hit a grand slam home run that gave Faith a comfortable lead. When it was all said and done, the Lady Knights scored 10 runs in the second.
Cypress Christian was able to string a few hits together and scratch two runs in the third inning. The Lady Knights kept the offense going and scored seven more runs in the third inning to bring the game to an end. The final score was 17-2. Destiny Interiano pitched a three-hitter and walked no one.
“It was a good start for our season and I am excited to see how much this team is going to improve these next couple of months,” Head Coach Kenneth Woodley said.
The next game for Faith Academy was a road trip to Austin. They faced Austin Veritas (3A) TAPPS school. Faith dominated the entire game. The Lady Knights were hitting the ball all over the park.
Faith scored eight runs in the first inning with the help of Destiny Interiano’s two-run home run. It was much of the same rest of the game. Marissa Pryzborski led the offensive charge by going 5-5 in the game, narrowly missing a home run to right field. In the fifth inning, Maddy Gonzales smashed her second home run in as many games. Gonzales not only hit a home run again in this game, she struck out 11 of the 12 batters she faced, walking no one. The other out was a weak ground ball back to her at pitcher.
The Lady Knights are off to a 2-0 start to the season.
“The expectations for this group of young ladies is very high. I think what sets them apart from most teams is their work ethic and determination to be the best they can be in practice. The chemistry of this team has come together quickly and they are an exciting group of girls to watch,” Woodley said.
The Lady Knights motto this year is “By the grace of God, we are who we are.”