It’s the time of year when high school softball players’ dream to play in the state tournament at the University of Texas seems more real than ever.
Statewide, teams hit the field this week for the opening round of the playoffs, and players on five county squads will start their quest this week to make their postseason dream come true.
Clear Falls will be looking to take build on of the momentum of beating No. 2 state-ranked Brazoswood, 3-1, last week into their one-game round against Fort Bend Travis at 7 p.m. Friday at Manvel High School. The Knights finished second in District 24-5A with a 9-3 record.
Clear Creek Wildcats finished third in 24-5A at 7-5 record, going 4-2 to end league play with a pair of victories against fourth-place Clear Lake. Clear Creek open the postseason in a three-game series against Fort Bend Austin. Game 1 will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Clear Creek, Game 2 is set for 5 p.m. Friday at Austin with Game 3, if necessary, to follow.
District 24-4A champion Santa Fe finished league play with a 12-2 record and will be looking to continue extend its year past a first-round series against Lamar Consolidated. Game 1 will be 6:30 p.m. Friday at Santa Fe, Game 2 will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamar Consolidated, and Game 3, if necessary, will follow.
Friendswood finished third in District 24-4A with a record of 10-4 and made the playoffs under first-year head coach Kassie Pustejovsky. The Lady Mustangs have won four of their last five games, including a big 7-5 win against district rival Dawson last week.
Friendswood will start the playoffs with a three-game series against George Ranch. Game 1 is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Friendswood, Game 2 begins 5 p.m. Friday at George Ranch in Richmond with Game 3, if necessary, to follow.
Texas City claimed the fourth and final playoff spot in District 24-4A with a 8-6 record, sweeping the season series against Goose Creek Memorial to extend the season.
The Lady Stings will play District 23-4A champion Angleton in a one-game round at 7 p.m. Thursday in Angleton.
Softball playoff schedule
Santa Fe vs. Lamar Consolidated
Game 1: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Santa Fe
Game 2: 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamar Consolidated
*Game 3: 4 p.m. Saturday at Lamar Consolidated
Friendswood vs. George Ranch
Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday at Friendswood
Game 2: 5 p.m. Friday at George Ranch
*Game 3: 7 p.m. Friday at George Ranch
Texas City vs. Angleton
One-game round: 7 p.m. Thursday at Angleton
Clear Falls vs. Fort Bend Travis
One-game round: 7 p.m. Friday at Manvel
Clear Creek vs. Fort Bend Austin
Game 1: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Clear Creek
Game 2: 5 p.m. Friday at FB Austin
*Game 3: 7 p.m. Friday at FB Austin