An up and down district season, for many of the Northside softball teams, ended on Saturday, April 21. Warren enjoyed an early district lead with their only loss coming to Holmes. Holmes scored another victory in the second meeting between the two teams to grasp first place in the district. However, the district championship did not become final until the last game of the season because if Warren and Holmes had ended the season with identical records the two teams would have been declared co-champs and Holmes would have been first seed by virtue of head to head combat.
Clark spent the first round of district play in second place. Unfortunately, the starting pitcher endured a season-ending injury and the Lady Cougars watched as the team slipped from playoff contention.
Holmes wanted to return to the playoffs for the third time. The largest obstacle in their path was the Warren team. Although the two district losses experienced by the Lady Huskies were not at the hands of the Lady Warriors.
The Lady Bears and the Lady Panthers spent most of the district season chasing each other. After breaking the existing tie between the Lady Bears, Lady Panthers, and Lady Broncos—OC and Brennan wanted to secure a playoff birth.
Most teams in the district hoped to avoid New Braunfels Canyon; however, Brennan, last year’s UIL State championship semifinal team, drew the unlucky straw. O’Connor defeated Warren and Brennan defeated Taft in the last district game to guarantee their third and fourth place finishes respectively.
So who will be playing who and when in the playoffs?
Holmes will face Judson in a best two out of three series. Judson is the fourth place team in District 27 6A. The Lady Rockets enter the playoffs with an 8-6 record. Holmes finished the district season with a 15-2 record.
The first game will be Thursday, April 26 at St. Mary’s field. The first pitch will be at 7pm. The second game will be Friday, April 27 at St. Mary’s field. The first pitch will be 7pm. The third game if necessary will be Saturday, April 28 at St. Mary’s field. Start time for the game will be 12 noon.
Warren will play a single game against Smithson Valley on Thursday, April 27. The game will be played at the North East ISD field. Game time is 7pm. Smithson Valley enters the playoffs as the third-place team in District 27 6A with a record of 10-5. Warren earned a 15-2 record in district play.
O’Connor, the third-place team in District 28 6A faces East Central in a best 2 out of 3 series. The first game is scheduled for Thursday, April 26. The game will be played on the Northside Field 1 at 7pm. The second game will be Friday, April 27 at Northside Field 1. Game time is 12 noon. Game three if necessary will be Saturday, April 28 on Northside Field 1 at 12 noon.
East Central was the district runner-up for District 27 6A. O’Connor finished the season with an 11-6 record.
Brennan will face the District 27 6A champs—New Braunfels Canyon in a single game on Friday, April 27. The game will begin at 5pm at St. Mary’s field.
The Echo will broadcast live the following playoff games.
Warren-Smithson Valley, Thursday, April 27 at 7pm- North East ISD East Field
O’Connor-East Central, Friday, April 27 at 12 noon-Northside Field 1
Brennan-New Braunfels Canyon, April 27 at 5pm- St. Mary’s Field
Holmes-Judson, April 27 at 7pm—St. Mary’s Field
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