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Weather may delay quest to state softball title for Birdville, Keller

Birdville junior Calie Burris can dominate on the mound and at the plate.
Birdville junior Calie Burris can dominate on the mound and at the plate. Star-Telegram

The remaining 5A and 6A teams have an identical goal — becoming state softball champions.

But they may have to wait.

With Thursday’s games delayed 3  1/2 hours by rain, Friday doesn’t figure to be any better for Birdville and Keller, who have early semifinal games scheduled in Austin.

But when the sun does finally come out, Birdville and Keller will try to be the area’s first multiple state softball champs in the same year since Keller (5A) and Crowley (4A) each took home titles in 2003.

Class 6A: Humble Atascocita (30-6) vs. Keller (30-7), 3 p.m. Friday; Weslaco (33-7) vs. Pearland (31-6), 6 p.m. Friday

State final, 4 p.m. Saturday.

Atascocita: The Eagles are making their first state tournament behind Baylor signee and senior Shelby McGlaun, who is 20-5 on the mound and bats .520. The Eagles have 15 shutouts, including three in the past four games. McGlaun no-hit Keller and struck out nine early in the 2015 season and added a home run.

Keller: Back to state for the first time in a decade, the Indians are making their seventh appearance, second to Shiner (11) among this year’s state teams. Senior pitcher Kaylee Rogers is 27-5, freshman Amanda Desario is batting a team-high .527, and senior Shelby Henderson leads with 33 RBIs. The Indians are after a third state title.

Weslaco: The Panthers have played 12 postseason games, most among the 6A semifinalists, on their way to their first state tournament. Junior Taylor Tafolla (27-5) and junior Jenny Guillen (.486 average) lead the Panthers, who average 8.2 runs per game.

Pearland: Like Keller, the Oilers are seeking their school’s third state championship. This is their sixth state trip. The Oilers are led by senior ace Alyssa Denham, who sports a 21-5 record. They swept defending 6A state champ Katy 4-2 and 3-1 in the Region III final.

Class 5A: Gregory-Portland (31-3) vs. Angleton (32-4), 9 a.m. Friday; Frisco (31-2) vs. Birdville (28-10), noon Friday

State final, 1 p.m. Saturday.

Gregory-Portland: The Wildcats are making their first state appearance since 2000. They haven’t lost since Game 1 of the playoffs’ second round. They can throw either junior Nicole Pinney (16-0) or freshman Sydney Ouellette (15-3). Senior Cassandra Roche and sophomore Ellanisa Ortiz are tied with a team-high seven home runs.

Angleton: Another Wildcat in the bunch as Angleton is in Austin for the first time in seven years. Senior Lindsey Honeycutt is 21-1 and a force at the plate, batting .419 with seven home runs and 60 RBIs. Sophomore Tate Whitley is batting .491 with 59 hits, 11 triples and 52 runs scored.

Frisco: The No. 1 team in 5A is at state for the first time since 2002 when the Raccoons won the 4A title. Texas A&M commit Maddie MacGrandle, a junior, headlines the group with a 31-2 record, .558 average and 57 RBIs. Senior Stephanie Clark has a hit in 29 of 33 games and also has 57 RBIs.

Birdville: The Hawks are one of three teams at statemaking their first tourney appearance. Left-handed freshman Grace Green, an Oregon commit, is 19-5 while junior Calie Burris has three home runs in the past four games. Head coach John Love will coach against his daughter Amanda Warner, who is an assistant for Frisco.

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