With Keller holding tight to the top spot in District 5-6A’s softball standings, Timber Creek has a tough week on its hands to secure a seed for the playoffs.
Timber Creek’s game on Friday night was interrupted by inclement weather in the middle of the second inning against Northwest. The Lady Falcons were trailing Northwest 4-2 before lightning halted play. They were to resume the game on Monday afternoon.
The Lady Falcons are in a battle to hold on to the third-place spot.
The Tuesday game with Timber Creek and Guyer would settle more of the standings questions, as Timber Creek is just a game behind Denton Guyer and two games in front of Byron Nelson.
Timber Creek will finish the regular season at Central on Friday.
Winning all three games this week would vault Timber Creek into the second-place seed, as the Lady Falcons own a 5-2 win over Guyer already this season and would own the tiebreaker.
But, on Sunday evening, head coach Laura Moore was focused on getting back to the Northwest game and finding a way to win.
The normal procedure this year has been for the Lady Falcons to take their time in the first few innings. Once the batters see the pitcher one time through, they tend to find their confidence and get into a groove, Moore said.
When they pick up play again, Timber Creek won’t have the luxury of waiting a few more innings to get going.
“They don’t have that opportunity (on Monday),” Moore said. “They better remember the pitcher from Friday night.”
Kylee Foster continues to lead the Lady Falcons on the mound, while Madie Green and Mady Lohman are just a few of the key hitters for the offense.
Other than Timber Creek, Guyer will still have rival Denton Ryan to contend with for its season finale.
As for Keller, the only blemish to its district record is a loss to Guyer.
This week, the Lady Indians will take on Fossil Ridge and finish with Northwest on the road Friday.
Only the issue of whether or not the Lady Indians take home the district championship is on the line, as their playoff spot is assured.
But Keller is focused on the games immediately in front of it and will worry about the details later.
“We have to win both games right now,” Keller head coach Bryan Poehler said. “If we lose we’d be tied,” he said of the tight race with Guyer.
Each team owns a one-run victory over the other.
Poehler said the team will play as it has been and get to Friday night before looking ahead to a potential bi-district round opponent. It will match up with teams from District 6-6A. At present, the first-place Lady Indians would likely be paired with Plano.
“We just need to continue doing what we do,” Poehler said. “We like our routine. We should be successful if we do what we do and we’ll worry about Tuesday right now,” he said last weekend.
While taking the district title is foremost on their minds, the Lady Indians also know they need to be playing their best ball heading into the postseason.
“We haven’t had a district title since 2012, and we’re due and it’s about time,” Poehler said.
One of the Lady Indians’ opponents, Fossil Ridge, will need to finish its game with Central from Friday.
After the Keller game, the Lady Panthers will finish by hosting Byron Nelson on Friday.
Central, which has suffered countless injuries across the season, will look to post a victory over Ridge, Byron Nelson or Timber Creek as it finishes out the season.