Former Rusk High School softball standouts, Mallory and Maranda Westbrook, along with their East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) teammates, are only two wins away from advancing to the NCAA Division III Championships, which will take place at University of Texas-Tyler later this month.
All that is standing in the way of that goal for the ETBU gals is the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Athenas.
The picturesque CMS campus is located about 33 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
ETBU (42-7) will host the young ladies CMS (31-13) in a best-of-three Super Regional series that gets started at 5 p.m. this evening at Taylor Field on the ETBU campus.
Game 2 will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, and if a third game is needed it will start about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the second contest.
No. 6-ranked ETBU won the Tyler Regional last week in upset fashion, while the Athenas, who sport a No. 22 ranking, were doing the same thing out west where they were the upset winners of the Redlands Regional.
The winner of the Marshall Super Regional advances directly to the national shin dig coming up in late May in Tyler.
ETBU leads the all-time series against the Athenas, 2-1.
Mallory Westbrook, a catcher, haas stared all 49 of the ETBU games this season and is hitting at a lofty .330 clip.
She has 20 RBI and has stroked four doubles and is 9 of 13 in the stolen base category.
Mallory Westbrook was an All-American Southwest Conference (third team) pick a year ago.
Mallory Westbrook has been flashing good leather this year as she has made just two errors in 295 chances.
Also the daughter of David and Candice Westbrook, Maranda Westbrook is an infielder on the ETBU outfit.
Maranda Westbrook is batting .275 on the year and has started (as an infielder) in 37 of ETBU's games this spring.