Mansfield Timberview confident of deep softball playoff run

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Mansfield Timberview won the first game of last season’s area-round softball series with Flower Mound Marcus.

The Wolves proceeded to drop the final two games, making an earlier than expected exit from the UIL playoffs.

Although coach Donya Mooney said her team didn’t talk much about it, the burn has been building for a full year.

Mooney’s Wolves are a year older and she said hopefully wiser as they open the 2014 postseason with a Class 5A bi-district series against Copperas Cove on Friday in Waco.

“ ... We’ve built an entire season around this moment and it’s here,” Mooney said. “There’s no doubt we’re more confident at the plate and we’ve had some other kids step into more prominent roles this year.”

District 7-5A champion Timberview (20-6) enters the playoffs among the standout area teams.

But getting past Copperas Cove won’t be an easy task. A second-round matchup with Flower Mound Marcus or Hurst L.D. Bell would be next.

Sophomore pitcher Mariah Denson was 18-3 for Timberview with 197 strikeouts in the regular season. She also hit .486 with 34 RBIs. Ashley Timmons has also been on a tear, hitting .548 with 11 home runs to lead the Wolves.

Here are some other interesting playoff openers:

Richland vs.

Arlington Bowie

The Rebels survived a tough district schedule and their only loss came to Justin Northwest, which didn’t even make the playoffs.

Still, plenty of close wins were good enough for a third consecutive district title after Richland defeated Keller on Friday night.

Richland (23-7) will face Arlington Bowie in a still-to-be-determined bi-district series.

Haley Freyman has been the pitching workhorse, with 20 wins, a 1.30 ERA and 138 strikeouts.

“We’re ready for the playoffs,” Richland coach Brenda Jacobson said. “These kids have aimed at this all season and if they stay consistent, we can have success.”

Catcher Nyka Wood is hitting .500 with 23 extra-base hits and 35 RBIs.

Colleyville Heritage vs. Hebron

The Panthers are the District 6-5A champions, but coach Allison Conaway said her team knows it won’t be easy.

Heritage (17-11) draws Hebron, the fourth-place finisher in 5-5A, but consider the fourth-place team last season (Lewisville) went on to defeat L.D. Bell 2-1 in bi-district on its way to the 5A state title.

“That’s perhaps the toughest district in the state,” Conaway said. “For us, it’s about keeping their offense at bay and stepping up our game a bit.”

Conaway said she is concerned that her team might not be as battle-tested as she’d like.

“We didn’t play as many standout teams as I would have liked,” she said. “Hebron’s a quality team and every week of the postseason, it gets harder.”

Arlington Martin vs. Southlake Carroll

The Warriors (24-3) will test Cathy Rudy’s long-term plan as the bi-district series with the Dragons starts Thursday.

Carroll was 1-4 to start district play, but finished 7-2 to gain the final playoff spot.

Martin captured the district title and top seed with a 14-0 record.

Krista Rude has dominated at the plate for Martin, hitting .578 with 44 runs. Victoria Jetton is hitting .520 with 16 extra-base hits.

In the circle, Lacy Mann is 11-2 with a 1.52 ERA and 78 strikeouts. She’s followed by Becca Johnson who is 8-0 with 44 strikeouts.

“My kids are pretty motivated; only thing that matters now is what happens with Southlake,” Rudy said. “If they stay focused and we make the adjustments we need to, we have a great pitching staff and a great defense to carry us through.”

Aledo vs. Crowley

The Bearcats will roll the dice in a one-game playoff with Crowley on Friday.

Considering how Aledo dominated the regular season, Crowley will need its best game.

Shortstop Allie Arneson leads Aledo with a .571 batting average and has 22 extra-base hits and 36 RBIs.

Chickie Cook is hitting .557 with 13 extra-base hits and 36 RBIs.

Players to watch

Bailee Baldwin, Mansfield: Hitting .571 with 29 extra-base hits.

Mariah Denson, Mansfield Timberview: 18 wins with 197 strikeouts.

Riley Sartain, Aledo: Star-Telegram Super Team selection last season.

Haley Freyman, Richland: 20-game winner with 138 strikeouts.

Krista Rude: Hitting .576 with 22 stolen bases.

Victoria Jetton, Arlington Martin: Hitting .514 with 29 RBIs.

Kaitlyn Alderink, Keller: Hitting .494 with 32 RBIs.

Nyka Wood, Richland: Hitting .500 with 34 RBIs.

Lauren Heintzelman, Southlake Carroll: Hitting .486 with 12 extra-base hits.

Valerie Page, Hurst L.D. Bell: 36 stolen bases, hitting .460.

Casey Waterman, Mansfield: Is 14-2 in 77 innings.

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