By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
After a sweep of Mesquite Horn last week, the McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos advanced to the UIL Class 5A Regional Quarterfinals versus Rockwall. Below is a preview of this weekend’s series, which begins Friday night at McKinney Boyd H.S.
McKinney Boyd Lady Broncos (7-3 in 10-5A, 21-10-1 overall) vs. Rockwall Lady Yellowjackets (12-0 in 12-5A, 21-11-1 overall)
Round: Regional Quarterfinals
Game 1: Friday, 7 p.m. @ McKinney Boyd
Game 2: Saturday, 1 p.m. @ Rockwall
Game 3 (if nec.): Saturday, 3 p.m. @ Rockwall
Lady Broncos Notes: Defeated W.T. White 2-0 in Bi-district round best-of-three series, then defeated Mesquite Horn 2-0 in Area round best-of-three series last weekend… Boyd defeated Horn in game one 2-1 in nine innings. Cassandra Heller hit the walk-off single to score Riley Wagner in the bottom of the ninth inning… Boyd won game two last Saturday 9-0. Erin Riding picked up her second victory of the series on the mound, striking out 13 batters in the shutout. McKenna Henry and Maddy VonHagel each homered in the game, while Wagner and Jill Nicklas had extra-base hits as well… Boyd is 13-1-1 at home this season, while they are 8-9 away from Bronco Field.
Rockwall Notes: The Lady Yellowjackets went 12-0 in District 12-5A and finished first in the district, finishing two games ahead of rival Rockwall-Heath… Defeated Garland Naaman Forest 17-0 in Bi-district one-game playoff, then defeated Plano East 5-0 in Area round one-game playoff… Hayley Baker is the leading hitter on the Rockwall team, hitting .600 for the season (54 hits – 90 at-bats)… Bailey Wallace leads the team with 31 RBIs and is batting .414… Baker and Alyssa Henry have a combined 28 stolen bases for Rockwall…Kayla Vandergriff is 8-2 with a 1.40 ERA in 65 innings, while Emily Cowan is 7-6 with a 2.37 ERA in a team-high 79.2 innings.
What it Means: The winner of Boyd-Rockwall faces the winner of Atascocita-The Woodlands in the Regional Semifinal.
Other District 10-5A & 13-4A Games:
Plano West vs. Plano
Game 1: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. @ Plano
Game 2: Friday, 7:30 p.m. @ Plano West
Game 3 (if nec.): Saturday, 2 p.m. @ Plano
Ennis vs. Lovejoy
Game 1: Friday, 7:30 p.m. @ Lovejoy
Game 2: Saturday, 6 p.m. @ Ennis
Game 3 (if nec.): Saturday, 8 p.m. @ Ennis