Thursday , 26 April 2018

Mike Bruu: District 10-5A Flexing Its Muscle in the Baseball & Softball Playoffs

By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor

The McKinney Boyd softball team is preparing to play game one of its best-of-3 UIL Class 5A Region II semifinal series versus The Woodlands in Georgetown. And despite both McKinney High and McKinney North baseball teams losing in the Area round last weekend, there are still three teams from District 10-5A in the postseason mix as the regional quarterfinals begin later this week.

On the softball side of things, the Lady Broncos are one of 16 teams still alive in the Class 5A playoffs. If Boyd can defeat The Woodlands this weekend, the Lady Broncos would play the winner of Plano-Kingwood in the Region II finals, meaning there is a potential for a District 10-5A battle between Boyd and Plano for the right to go to state. Just a side note: the two teams split the season series 1-1 in district play this season, with the home team winning both games.

This year, 10-5A softball is one of two districts to have two teams still in the postseason in Class 5A, with 5-5A being the other. Lewisville will face 1-5A Coronado and Flower Mound Marcus will battle 4-5A Keller in the Region I semifinals, with the winners of the two series facing one another in the region finals.

In District 13-4A, the only rival of the North Lady Bulldogs still in the playoffs is Lovejoy, which will play Frisco Centennial in the Class 4A Region II final this week. The Lady Bulldogs were eliminated in the first round after losing to Sulphur Springs in a best-of-3 series 2-0.

Meanwhile, the baseball playoffs are entering round three and no McKinney schools remain in the tournament. Despite that, there are still several rivals of MISD teams that are vying for a spot in the regional semifinals next week. All four representatives from District 13-4A are out, after North was no-hit by Waxahachie last Friday.

But in 10-5A, the elimination of McKinney on Saturday morning meant that just three of the four representatives from the district would advance to the third round. Plano, Plano West, and Allen all won its series last weekend, and now Plano West and Allen will face one another in a series while Plano will battle Rockwall, the team that knocked the Lions out of the playoff mix.

District 10-5A is not the only district in the state at the Class 5A level to still have three teams alive in this point in the playoffs. 29-5A (United, Alexander, and Eagle Pass), 6-5A (Bell, Heritage, and Grapevine,) and 4-5A (Fossil Ridge, Midland, and Carroll) all have three teams still playing into the regional quarterfinals. In all four cases just two teams can still be alive after this weekend, because two teams are scheduled to play each other in the brackets.

With the 15-game district schedule that forces teams to play every opponent three times, making the baseball playoffs out of District 10-5A was an accomplishment in itself. There is a wealth of talent from the district that will go on to play collegiate and possibly professional baseball, with Plano West’s Billy McKinney topping the list. McKinney is regarded as a possible first round selection to the Tampa Bay Rays or Texas Rangers in the end of the first round in June’s MLB Draft.

I have talked about how District 10-5A athletics is one of the best in the state, and the baseball and softball playoffs have proven that up to this point. With the potential for a district rivalry in the softball Region II final, and the possibility of two baseball teams in the Region II semifinals, the six-team collection is flexing its muscle in this final month of play.

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