Regional Quarterfinal Preview: Mansfield Lake Ridge softball gears up for Harker Heights
The Mansfield Lake Ridge softball team has been striving to be the best this season. After a couple of rebuilding seasons and an early playoff exit last year, the Lady Eagles are back to a type of dominance you only see in Regional Quarterfinals and beyond during the Texas high school softball playoffs. VYPE DFW takes a deeper dive into Lake Ridge's season so far and what fans can expect from the Lady Eagles as they prepare to take on Harker Heights.
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A Look Back
The Lady Eagles posted an incredible regular season schedule. During the preseason, Lake Ridge took down the likes of Wylie East, Red Oak, Melissa, Mesquite Horn, and more before heading into district play where they continued to showcase their skills on the diamond. During district play, the Lady Eagles dropped only two games against their opponents while defeating McKinney Boyd, Weatherford, Cedar Hill, Mansfield, DeSoto, Waco, and more to finish in the first place spot in their district. Outscoring their opponents by a combined 315-81 runs so far this season.
So far in playoffs, the Lake Ridge Lady Eagles have allowed only six runs against them while scoring 26 of their own. The Lady Eagles have ended the seasons of Bryan and Tyler Legacy- they now look towards Harker Heights. With a 25-6 overall record and an 81% winning percentage, the team is more than ready to fight for their chance to continue on their path towards the state tournament.
What To Expect
Harker Heights (32-7-1, 13-1) is a great team that's proving their worth in Texas high school softball. The team is led by strong athletes who know how to place the ball strategically in order to keep up with whoever their opponent is. This team isn't going to be an easy matchup, but fans should definitely expect to see Lake Ridge's defense rise to the occasion. The Lady Eagles are known for being able to quickly read their opponents and make adjustments in order to get the job done this season. Their offense will match the tempo and turn up the heat to finish strong.
Game one of this regional quarterfinals series is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11th at Harker Heights while game two will be played at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Mansfield Lake Ridge. If game three is necessary, it will be played on Friday at 7 p.m. at Tarleton State in Stephenville.