The El Campo Ladybirds (17-5, 10-2 in District) will travel to Weimar to play a three-game series with the Caldwell Lady Hornets (17-6, 6-4 in District) Friday and Saturday to open up the first round of the playoffs.
After a week of practicing for the postseason, the Ladybirds will play the Lady Hornets who went two rounds deep last season and is three years removed from a Regional final appearance.
“The way I look at it, when you go into the playoffs everyone is just as good as you are,” coach Roxanne Cavazos said. “You just never know what the outcome is going to be. They are going to be a competitive team, they’re in the playoffs. It’s going to be a competitive (series).”
“It’s very exciting,” first-year starter sophomore Mackenzie Matlock said. “In the playoffs, you have to win to move on, so it’s very exciting for me and for everybody.”
“I’ve been here for four years and (this year) we hit the ball better than we have in a long time,” senior starter Karsyn Russell said. “All throughout the lineup. There isn’t a hole in our lineup. Everybody is capable to get a hit.”
As team through District play, the Ladybirds are batting .417 and averaging just over 12 runs a game.
The Ladybirds will face a tough test in their opening round matchup. The Lady Hornets have five seniors, and four players who are either signed with a college or committed to a college program. The Ladybirds counter with a team crammed full with nine seniors, two will be playing in college next season.
Originally the Ladybirds had a tune-up schedule for Monday, but it was canceled. The team instead will have four full days of practice.
Monday they spent the afternoon drilling hitting, trying to simulate what they might see against the Lady Hornets.
“It’s definitely good to have this time to practice,” Russell said. “Work with your teammates, helping them make adjusts and you yourself making adjustments so we can make them quicker in the game.”
In District play, the Lady Hornets averaged 5.9 runs a game while allowing 5.1 runs a game. The Lady Hornets have a season batting average of .306.
The Ladybirds averaged 12.1 runs a game while allowing 3.5 runs a game.
The Lady Hornets boast some power in their bats, on the season they have 19 home runs. The Ladybirds might not have as much power, but they make up for it with hits. The Ladybirds are averaging five more hits a game then the Lady Hornets.
Game one will be Friday in Weimar at 6:30 p.m. Game two will be in Weimar on Saturday at 4 p.m. If a third game is needed, it will be played afterward.