Lady Lions, Lady Horns, Longhorns in series action again; May boys in one-game playoff in second-round debut

the softball playoffs reach the third round, while the baseball playoffs will conduct second round action this weekend.

The defending Region I-4A softball champion Brownwood Lady Lions will battle Vernon in a best-of three regional quarterfinals series in Graford. Games 1 and 2 will be at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with Game 3, if needed at noon Saturday.

The District 5-4A co-champion Lady Lions are coming off their second straight series victory — defeating both Burkburnett and Stephenville — in which they rallied after dropping the opening contest. After a 2-1 loss in the first game against Stephenville, the Lady Lions bounced back with victories of 2-1 and 1-0 in eight innings to advance.

Vernon swept Mineral Wells, 5-0 and 6-2, led by the pitching of Jade Guzman. Lauren Hager finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored at the plate in the finale while Shykerra Fanner went 3 for 4 and scored a run. Vernon, the runner-up out of District 6-4A, knocked off Big Spring, 9-2, in the opening round.

The District 6-3A Early Lady Horns will square off with Peaster in the Region I-3A softball quarterfinals. Game 1 is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Abilene Christian University, with Games 2 and 3, if needed, to follow at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Lady Horns came from behind in both their victories over Boyd this past weekend. Down 3-0 in the first game, Early rallied for an 8-6 victory. In the second game, Boyd raced out to a 10-0 lead before the Lady Horns answered with 12 consecutive runs en route to a 13-11 triumph.

Peaster doubled up Clyde, 8-4, in Game 1 of its area series, dropped Game 2 by a 4-3 margin and rallied with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to snatch Game 3 by a 6-5 count. Peaster, the third seed out of District 7-3A, defeated Bowie in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

The Early Longhorns will be back in Eastland where they will challenge Brock. Games 1 and 2 are slated for 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with Game 3, if needed, to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Longhorns also erased a 1-0 series deficit this past weekend, capturing the final two games of their series over Coahoma to earn a berth in the area round. The Longhorns overcame a 5-4, eight-inning loss in Game 1 with victories of 9-3 and 6-2 to wrap up the series victory.

Brock, the champion from District 7-3A, swept Paradise by scores of 6-2 and 6-5 in the opening round.

The District 7-A runner-up May Tigers earned their first bi-district baseball championship in program history and will make their area round debut this weekend. The Tigers will tangle with Borden County in a one-game playoff at 4 p.m. Saturday at Howard Payne’s Don Shepard Park.

May defeated Baird, 9-8 and 10-2, to advance to the second round.

District 6-A champion Borden County is coming off a first-round bye.

Previews of all four match-ups will appear later this week in the Bulletin.