STATE SEMIFINALS PREVIEW: Aledo softball is back at state and ready to avenge themselves
No stranger to the big stage, Aledo softball (33-2) is right back at it this season. As a three-time state champion and last season's state runner-up, the team is ready to put the crown right back on. First, they must make it through a tough UIL State Class 5A State Semifinal matchup against Georgetown (33-3). VYPE DFW takes a look into what fans can expect from this game.
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A Look Back
After finishing as the runner-up last season, the Lady Bearcats have made it a point to get right back to the state tournament this season. While taking down opponent after opponent and outscoring their opposing teams by a combined 318-61 this season, it's safe to say that the team is more than ready to continue their hot streak.
Aledo burst onto the scene this season with big wins over Decatur, Little Elm, and Flower Mound Marcus to start preseason play. In district play, the Lady Bearcats posted a perfect 10-0 district record to finish at the top of their district over the likes of Fort Worth Brewer, Granbury, Azle, and more. A team full of star-studded athletes like Marissa Powell, Macy Graf, Texas Ray, Regan Davis, Maddy Jarvis, Presley Hull, and Madysen Boutwell, the offense knows how to get things done from the plate and around the bases. Defensively, Ray, Allison Mallard, and Ana Flores have been nearly unmatchable this season. From the circle, Brenlee Gonzales, Nathalie Touchet, and Kayleigh Smith have been strong forces.
So far in playoffs, the Lady Bearcats have ended the seasons of Denton Ryan (14-3, 12-1), Mansfield Legacy (12-2, 13-1), Colleyville Heritage (4-1, 10-0), Abilene Wylie (14-2, 7-3), and Lubbock Monterey (8-2, 10-3). The team has been a force to be reckoned with and isn't ready to slow down without claiming another state title.
What To Expect
Georgetown is a really great team with really great athletes. They have the potential to be the toughest opponent that Aledo will face all season. With the ability to score fast, the team can set tones early in games. However, Aledo is no stranger to fast-paced play... especially at this level. Fans can expect Aledo to put in the work and read through all of Georgetown's attempts at taking a strong lead in order to get back to the state title game.