It was an eventful Friday night for a pair of local District 22-5A softball teams, and other Galveston County high school squads will be looking to lock into playoff position.
Here’s a look at what’s going on.
DISTRICT 22-5A PLAYOFF GLANCE
The Texas City Lady Stings (7-6 in district) clinched a playoff spot in thrilling fashion Friday, with Tavery Ortiz’s walk-off two-run home run giving them a 5-3 upset win over Crosby (10-3). The Lady Stings will enter the playoffs as the district’s fourth-place team where they will have a first-round date with No. 2 state-ranked Barbers Hill.
Texas City’s win Friday also benefitted county rival Santa Fe (10-3), as the Lady Indians pulled into a tie with Crosby for the district’s runner-up playoff spot with their 15-0 run-rule win over Goose Creek Memorial. Now, all Santa Fe needs to take sole possession of second place in the 22-5A standings is to defeat the Lady Stings on Tuesday and have district champs Friendswood (13-0) knock off Crosby.
Those games represent the regular season finales for each team. Should Santa Fe take the runner-up spot, a first-round playoff matchup with Port Neches-Groves is likely, while Friendswood will probably be facing Dayton.
DISTRICT 24-6A PLAYOFF GLANCE
The Clear Springs Chargers (5-5 in district) can formally clinch a playoff spot with a win Tuesday over Clear Lake (0-10), locking in 24-6A’s four playoff teams. But, there might still be some movement in the district standings in the final week of the season.
Also on Tuesday, Clear Falls (9-2) and Clear Creek (7-3) meet in a game that could determine the district’s runner-up. A win in their regular season finale would clinch that position for the Knights, while the Wildcats will hope to sweep through their final week to force a tiebreaker situation for the runner-up playoff seed.
A loss for the Wildcats opens up the possibility of Clear Springs moving up from its current fourth-place spot, as the Chargers will be taking on Clear Creek in their season finale with — in that scenario — a chance to pull into a tie for third place and create another tiebreaker scenario.
In all likelihood, 24-6A’s fourth place finisher will be matched up with Pearland in the first round of the playoffs, with the runner-up probably getting Richmond George Ranch and the No. 3 seed getting Pearland Dawson.
Alvin already clinched 24-6A’s district title with its win over Clear Springs on Friday, and they are looking at a potential first-round matchup against Brazoswood.