Mansfield’s softball team finished the season as co-district champs but will go in as the second seed from District 8-6A.
The Lady Tigers were locked with South Grand Prairie in the standings and in the throne room. A seeding game determined the order on Saturday.
The game, played at Legacy’s field, saw South Grand Prairie coming from behind in the late innings to take a 10-8 win and the first-place seed.
Although Mansfield outhit the Lady Warriors 12-11, they also committed six errors to South Grand Prairie’s one.
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Nevertheless, the playoffs start this week, with Mansfield poised to take on the third place team from District 7-6A. That could be either Coppell or Haltom, among the contenders in that district. The actual pairings won’t be set until after the scheduled games on Tuesday.
In District 14-5A Timberview and Legacy will represent the local teams in the playoffs.
Timberview finished second behind Ennis, while Legacy garnered the third place seed.
Timberview knows it will take on Dallas Samuells in the first round.
The Lady Wolves were still to finalize details on day and time, but head coach Donya Mooney said she was working for a Thursday, one-game bi-district round.
“If we’re fortunate to advance, we expect to face Hallsville in the second round,” Mooney said. The second round is expected to be at a neutral site next Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday.
This “second season” presents its own distractions and special issues in addition to facing playoff opponents.
“This time of year is tough on the kids,” Mooney added, saying that prom, school and exams and just keeping the balance with softball can be a challenge.
“I tell my players to be prepared because it could be a really long, extended season,” she said.
Timberview is taking to the postseason with a relatively new lineup than that which has faced the pressures of previous seasons. The Lady Wolves have replaced half of their lineup from last year, Mooney said.
“It’s a process (to be ready for the playoffs) and we didn’t have the same batting lineup until the last four games of district,” Mooney added.
Along with Mansfield and Timberview, MISD will be represented by Legacy.
Legacy finished off Lake Ridge in a rain-delayed game to end the season with an 11-1 win in six innings.
The Lady Broncos will face Dallas Seagoville in the first round either Thursday or Friday at a neutral field, head coach Amie Prater said.
“The second round we will have to travel,” Prater said, noting the regional matchup is likely going to be Lufkin or Longview.
Legacy had to fight its way to the end, in part due to a key loss to Summit.
“We put ourselves in that position,” Prater said, “and it wasn’t a fun position to be in. We at least were able to control our fate and needed to take care of our business the last three games.
“The girls did what I asked them to do,” Prater continued. “We play for 21 outs each game. We get our outs and move on to our offensive game plan to play aggressive, and we hit and run and attack every game.”
Legacy finished in third place in the district behind Timberview. Waxahachie will be the fourth seed out of the district.
All the teams have had to contend with bad weather and the loss of several pre-district games, and Prater said that was an element they had to contend with, as well.
“We lost a tournament, which is five games, and we had a few filled in, but we were about seven games down,” she said. “That affected us early in the season. We’re really young, with four juniors and the rest are underclassmen. It was a missed opportunity for more experience. Being young can be beneficial though, because the rebound rate is helpful. If you come out and have a good or bad game, you can’t dwell on the past.”