Guyer softball team hit with big injury

Denton Guyer second baseman Morgan Medford (3) makes a throw to first from her knees after diving for a ground ball during the second inning of play against Plano. The two teams played Game 1 of a best-of-3 Class 6A first round softball playoff series at Prosper High School on April 28, 2016. (Steve Hamm/Special Contributor)

Denton Guyer second baseman Morgan Medford (3) makes a throw to first from her knees after diving for a ground ball during the second inning of play against Plano. The two teams played Game 1 of a best-of-3 Class 6A first round softball playoff series at Prosper High School on April 28, 2016. (Steve Hamm/Special Contributor)

The Guyer softball team’s Gold Bracket championship in the Tournament of Champions over the weekend came at a significant cost.

Sophomore Morgan Medford, who has moved to shortstop from second base this season after a breakout freshman year, suffered a broken wrist on Saturday while chasing a fly ball into foul territory and sliding into the fence.

Guyer coach Keith Medford, Morgan’s father, said the best-case scenario for his leadoff hitter and shortstop is to return in six weeks, which would put her back for the start of the second round of District 6-6A play.

Medford hit .667 with a .708 on-base percentage in the six wins over the weekend for the state’s 10th-ranked 6A team. She was the Newcomer of the Year last year on the Denton Record-Chronicle’s all-area team. As a freshman, Medford hit .508 with a .625 on-base percentage while scoring 32 runs.

Replacing a stellar leadoff hitter and a vacuum at shortstop will be tough for the Wildcats in a gauntlet of a district with powers like Plano West, Plano and Wylie. Guyer must now hope for a speedy (as possible) recovery for Medford.

All that aside, it was a great start for the Guyer softball team, which beat Arlington, Lake Dallas, Palmer, Frisco Liberty, Wylie East and Andrews to claim the tournament title.