Keller and Timber Creek prepare for the softball playoffs this week as they emerge from District 6-5A as the district champion and third-place team, respectively.
Timber Creek had the opportunity to take second place for themselves last week, but a loss to Denton Guyer relegated the Lady Falcons to third.
“We slipped up and let it get away from us,” said Timber Creek head coach Laura Moore after the 6-4 loss to Guyer.
Timber Creek lost its one-run lead in the top of the sixth inning, giving up three runs to Guyer.
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The loss wasted the offensive performances of players such as Brooke Stutz and Mady Lohman, who each collected doubles, and Madie Green, who knocked a triple for Timber Creek.
Regardless of the seeding, Timber Creek is appreciative of its “second-season” opportunity.
“That’s what you play for,” Moore said. “To get to this time of year, to get to the new season.”
Timber Creek ended its regular season with a convincing 16-0 win over Central.
Keller ended its season with a hard-fought 11-8 win over Fossil Ridge and a 4-1 win over Northwest.
Keller will ride the strength of pitcher Kaylee Rogers and have offensive firepower in players such as Mikayla McClasky, Kaitlyn Alderink and Kasey Simpson.
Now, with all the regular season games a moot point, the two teams look ahead.
The bi-district pairings have Keller taking on Plano while Timber Creek will play Lewisville.
The question of whether the matchups will be one-game affairs or best-of-three series, as well as location and times, were to be finalized on Monday morning.
The two districts – 6-5A and 7-5A – will pit some of the state’s best teams against each other in the opening round.
Moore said the two districts account for seven or eight of the area’s top 10 teams.
The luck of the draw will knock out four teams which might otherwise have made long playoff runs.
That issue aside, the Lady Indians and Lady Falcons will have at least three days to prepare for their first-round opponents.
But whether the teams get extra rest or extra practice time may hinge upon the weather.
“We’ve spent more time inside a gym this year than anytime I can remember,” Moore said. “You can only replicate so much in a gym.”
Winding up its regular season last week, Fossil Ridge had a close contest with Keller and was still to finish a game with Byron Nelson, which was postponed by rain.
Central also ended its trying season but will look to rebuild its lineup next year after suffering from an abundance of injuries this season.