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The path of the UIL Texas high school softball playoffs is narrowing as it gets closer and closer to the state championships. As teams continue to fight to play on the biggest stage, some of the best in the Dallas-Fort Worth area metroplex are going head-to-head. Two of the teams facing off in the Regional Semifinals include the Forney Lady Jackrabbits and Prosper Rock Hill Lady Blue Hawks. VYPE DFW breaks down just what fans can expect heading into this week's playoff round!
Seeing many of the same opponents, these teams should be well prepared for one another. Both teams are hard-hitters and go-getters, so the series is sure to be one that keeps fans on the edges of their seats. Forney is going to have to find a way to hit beyond Rock Hill's defense, but Rock Hill is going to have to do the same thing. You have two of the best defenses in the metroplex going head-to-head for an opportunity at the biggest stage in Texas high school softball- it's sure to be a great series.
Game one of the series is set to begin on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in Forney. Game two will be played at Rock Hill on Thursday with a start time of 7 p.m. If a game three is necessary, it will be played in Wylie on Saturday at 1 p.m.
There are plenty of high school baseball and softball games to keep your eyes on this weekend, but not all of them are going to be as packed and full of action as the area matchup between the Prosper Rock Hill and Woodrow Wilson softball teams. VYPE DFW takes a deeper dive into both teams seasons and tells you just what you can expect from these two teams this weekend!
The Rock Hill Lady Blue Hawks have put up an incredible season so far. Not only did the team finish first in their district as they took down the likes of Denton Guyer, The Woodlands, Denton Braswell, Belton, Crandall, Northwest, Southlake Carroll, The Colony, Lucas Lovejoy, and many more through preseason and district play, the Lady Blue Hawks shut out 12 of their opponents this season. The team has outscored others by a combined 167 runs on the season while posting a 77% winning percentage.
Led by Veronica Cully, Ella Berlage, Jolie Malan, Gabrielle Luna, Leah Rinehart, Emily Alvarez, and Emma Hill, the team has been one of the best softball teams in the metroplex this season. Alvarez, a well-trained base stealing machine, has helped guide the team to many victories while her teammates continue to put in the work at the plate and on the field to secure big wins. So far in playoffs, the Lady Blue Hawks have not allowed a single run against them while scoring 18 against Frisco Lone Star over a two-game series (8-0, 10-0).
Finishing second in their district, the Woodrow Wilson Lady Wildcats have also posted quite the season. Behind strong athletes like Caitlyn Carrillo, Sofia Martinez, Caitlyn Gloria, Jaylene Saucedo, Marissa Lopez, Keeley Wood, and more the team has played smart against their opponents. Martinez, another base stealing prodigy, has helped bring speed to the Lady Wildcats lineup this season while her teammates have stepped up to take charge against their opponents.
During the regular season, the Lady Wildcats took down North Dallas, Carrollton Turner, Dallas Conrad, Dallas White, Carrollton Creekview and more. With impressive shutouts like a 20-0 victory over Turner, 17-0 victory over South Garland, 23-0 victory over Carter, and more, the Lady Wildcats have posted 10 shut-out victories while outscoring their opponents by a combined 223 runs this season. So far in the playoffs, Woodrow Wilson ended Lancaster's season in two games while scoring 33 runs total (18-0, 15-5).
A battle to the finish. Both teams are nothing short of phenomenal- not only at the plate, but also on the field. Fans can expect to see smart batting and base running from both teams- putting pressure on their defenses to complete the job. Rock Hill has been a force to be reckoned with all season while Woodrow Wilson has been nearly flawless. Expect to see a great series this weekend!
Game one of the series is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6th at Carrollton Ranchview. Game two will be played on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with game three immediately following if necessary.