The bi-district round for softball playoffs starts this Friday and the two Mansfield ISD teams in Class 5A will be looking for long runs into the postseason.
Timberview was crowned as the 7-5A district champion for the second year in a row and will use its high seed in a pairing with Copperas Cove.
The Lady Wolves are on a roll heading into the playoffs, as they are coming off two lopsided wins. They beat Cedar Hill, 10-3 and then walloped Grand Prairie, 17-7.
The best-of-three series with Copperas Cove will start Friday at Waco ISD’s sports complex at 7:30 pm. The second game will be Saturday at 4 p.m. with a third game, if needed, to commence 30 minutes following Game 2.
Going into the playoffs, Timberview head coach Donya Mooney said her 21-6 squad had a little insight on Copperas Cove from District 8-5A.
“We know they are scrappy, solid and aggressive,” Mooney said. “They have a lot of slappers and match up well with us.”
Much of the confidence the Lady Wolves have are on the shoulders – and arm – of sophomore pitcher Mariah Denson.
Denson, 18-3 on the year, leads the area 5A pitchers in strikeouts with 190 in 105 innings.
Mansfield, which finished in second place, just a game behind Timberview in the district race, will take on Temple on Friday in a one-game, winner-take-all format.
The game is set for 7 p.m. at the Mansfield field.
The Lady Tigers are coming off a run-ruled win over Grand Prairie, 17-7.
Jennifer Haltom, the Mansfield head coach, said she hasn’t seen anything of Temple this season, but still feels they are a familiar opponent.
Temple, as their district’s third seed, was Mansfield’s foe in the bi-district round last season.
“It’s a new year and a new team,” Haltom said. “They’ll have new players and we do, too.”
Mansfield’s Bailee Baldwin remains one of the top hitters in the area, averaging over .570, while Casey Waterman has a 14-2 record as the pitcher of record for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Broncos also play Friday, taking on Corsicana, the 3rd place team of 16-4A.