Have you Heard? About a dozen young ladies from Bullard, Troup and Alto high schools have some awefully big dates coming up this weekend.
No, not the typical May prom dates or a redenvous to the movies, but UIL softball regional quarterfinal assignations.
In Class 3A, Bullard will test Van in a best-of-three Region II series that opens up at 6 p.m. Tonight.
Games 2 and a third game,if necessary, will get started at 11 a.m. Saturday.
All games will take place at Lindale High School.
Troup is the lone area school that will have only one game to win to be able to move forward.
The Lady Tigers will go up against White Oak at 8 p.m. tonight at Mineola High School.
Alto was supposed to have launched its Class A, Region III best-of-three series versus Zavalla on Thursday night, but heavy rain in the Pollok area yesterday forced the series to delay its start.
Alto, ranked No.1 in the state, and Zavalla will battle tonight in a doubleheader at Pollok Central.
Bullard vs. Van
Texas Woman's University signee, Kristie “Coco” Springer, has had a phenomenal senior season.
She has posted a record of 19-1 and has an earned run average of 0.43. Springer needs just 18 strike outs to hit the 300-K mark for 2014.
At the plate, Springer and freshman Zoe Hancock have provided much of the Lady Panthers' firepower.
Springer leads Bullard with as .405 battling average, while Hancock sits at .403.
The Lady Panthers, who are coached by Pam Chestut, have stopped both Athens and Powderly North Lamar two games to none in playoff series coming into the weekend.
Troup vs. White Oak
The Lady Tigers and the Lady 'Necks are expected to treat fans to an old fashioned pitcher's duel.
Troup's Josee Ross fanned 32 Groveton batters in 14 frames of circle duty in last week's area series.