The Stephenville baseball and softball teams don’t seem to have the most difficult path ahead of them in their respective Class 4A Region I playoff brackets.
The District 8-4A champion Stephenville softball squad is tied with Pearsall for 10th in the latest Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A state rankings. But only one team in their Region I playoff bracket — No. 6 Levelland (21-4) — is ranked ahead of them.
The 23-4 Honeybees faced District 5-4A runner-up Brownwood in their area playoff series at Brock, with the first two games played Friday night. The third game, if needed, also was to be played after press time, on Saturday.
The winner of that series is set to the Region I quarterfinal round against either Big Spring or Mineral Wells. Big Spring defeated Vernon in its bi-district playoff round, while Mineral Wells elminated Glen Rose, which was the No. 4 team out of District 8-4A.
The SHS softball team, coached by Russ Mayes, swept two straight over Springtown in the Honeybees’ bi-district playoff round, winning 16-11 and 17-7.
Coach Justin Swenson’s SHS Yellow Jackets (18-7-2 overall, 7-6 in district) took on District 7-4A champion Kennedale (17-8-1, 11-1) in their best-of-three series Friday and Saturday. Results were not available at press time.
Neither Kennedale nor Stephenville is in the Texas High School Baseball Rankings.com top 25, but two teams that finished ahead of the Yellow Jackets in the district standings are — Godley at No. 6 and Midlothian Heritage at No. 14.
But other than those two, the only other schools in the Region I playoff bracket in the top 15 are No. 2 Abilene Wylie and No. 15 Levelland.
The winner of the Stephenville-Kennedale series will move to the area playoff round against either Burkburnett (11-9) or Sweetwater (11-14).
The Yellow Jackets had completed their district slate last Friday night with a 4-3 win over Glen Rose. They then posted a 6-0 win over Dublin Monday in a practice game. The practice game originally was set to be played against unbeaten Clyde (26-0), ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 3A. But Clyde had to cancel the matchup in order to avoid going over its limit of games.