The Northwest softball team didn’t disappoint last week when it defeated Keller Timber Creek to claim the fourth and final playoff spot in District 4-5A.As an encore, the Lady Texans upset District 3-5A champion Weatherford by a score of 5-1 to advance to the area round, where they will square off with Midland. The best-of-three series begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Brownwood High School, with Game 2 scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday and Game 3 (if necessary) a half-hour after the close of Game 2.Coach Tanya Morrow said she is not sure what to expect from Midland in the second round, but said she would have preferred a one-game round.“I know Midland is very aggressive on the bases, and we will get a scouting report before we play them,” she said.Morrow said she was very pleased with her team’s effort in the game against Weatherford, saying that Northwest got strong pitching, timely hitting and played especially well in in the field.“I think it was the best that our defense has played in a long while,” Morrow said. “Our corners really stepped up and made some plays. Andrea Haisten and Brittany Brown, our first and third, were just really heads-up on defense. Hailey Rhine made a diving catch in right field, so I think our defense really stepped up and played tough.”The game was tied through the first four innings before Brianna Barnhill cracked a three-run home run to give the Lady Texans the lead, and Sydnee Hinkle set a new school record with a home run of her own in the game for the Lady Texans.Lady Bobcats cruiseOver at Byron Nelson, coach Kathy Shoettle said she is feeling pretty good about how her team is playing after a two-game sweep of Chisholm Trail in the opening round of the playoffs.The Lady Bobcats defeated the Fort Worth school on Saturday by a score of 14-0, and Shoettle said she was impressed with how her team performed in virtually every facet of the game.“We did a good job executing the plan we had, and that was probably the biggest difference,” Shoettle said. “We were able to get some young kids experience, which is always good in the playoffs, and played pretty well all the way around.”Nelson will square off with Burleson in the second round, where Shoettle said she knows that her team will have its work cut out.“That will be a difficult series,” Shoettle said. “They have a really good pitcher who has signed with Baylor. They hit the ball well and field well, but we have a plan going into that series and I feel good about it. If we execute what we have prepared, then we will be OK.”Nelson is tentatively scheduled to play Game 1 at Burleson at 6:30 p.m., and Game 2 at 6:30 on Friday night at Nelson High School.