By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor
After Friday night’s games, there is just one week remaining in district softball play as the playoff picture in 10-5A and 13-4A began to clear up. With Boyd and North clinching postseason spots, only the Lionettes remained as they try to hang on for the fourth and final spot in District 10-5A. Below are scores and recaps from Friday night’s action, along with updated standings:
The Lady Broncos (6-3) shut out Plano East 10-0 on the road on Friday night in District 10-5A action. With the win, Boyd moves to a three-way tie for first place in 10-5A with Plano East and Plano West with just one game to go.
Erin Riding was the winning pitcher in the circle for the Lady Broncos. At the plate, McKenna Henry and Jill Nicklas both homered for Boyd, while Maddy VonHagel added a double as well. Nicklas doubled as well, part of the Lady Broncos’ 17 hits in the win. Riding allowed just three hits versus the Lady Panthers.
In the regular season finale, Boyd hosts crosstown rival McKinney High (4-5) on Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m.
The Lionettes (4-5) defeated Allen 2-1 at home on Friday night, keeping their playoff hopes alive in District 10-5A. With the win, MHS is tied with Plano for the fourth and final playoff berth with one game left.
Chelsea Thomas was the winning pitcher in the circle for McKinney, as she allowed just three hits to the Lady Eagle hitters. Courtney Derrick had the only extra base hit in the game for the Lionettes, hitting a double as part of the team’s five total hits.
In the regular season finale, McKinney will travel to Boyd for the crosstown showdown on Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. Plano will travel to Allen on Thursday night, beginning at 7 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs (10-2) defeated Greenville 14-4 at home on Friday night in District 13-4A play. No stats were reported to TSB.
North remained in second place in 13-4A with two regular season games left, two games behind Lovejoy for first place. One more win by Lovejoy or a North loss gives the Lady Leopards the district title.
North hosts Wylie East (2-10) while Lovejoy hosts Royse City (8-4) on Tuesday night, with both games beginning at 7 p.m.
District 10-5A Standings:
1. McKinney Boyd – x 6-3
1. Plano East – x 6-3
1. Plano West – x 6-3
4. Plano 4-5
4. McKinney 4-5
6. Allen – E 1-8
x – Clinched Playoff Berth
E – Eliminated from playoff contention
Thursday’s 10-5A Games:
MHS @ Boyd
Plano @ Allen
Plano East @ Plano West
District 13-4A Top Four Teams:
1. Lovejoy 12-0
2. North 10-2
3. Royse City 8-4
4. Wylie 7-5
Top four have clinched playoff berths. Sherman, Denison, Wylie East, and Greenville have been eliminated from postseason contention.
District 13-4A Games on Tuesday:
Wylie East @ North
Royse City @ Lovejoy
Sherman @ Wylie
Denison @ Greenville
All games begin at 7 p.m.
Photos by Kellie Anfosso. Click here for more photos.