GRAND SALINE —
The contest will start at 7 p.m. and will be played at LeTourneau University in Longview.
The Lady Tigers are 17-12 on the year and are the District 18-2A champions.
Jefferson came in fourth in District 17-2A.
Both teams are young, with the Lady Tigers having three seniors and the Lady Bulldogs four. With just a single game to decide things there are no second chances, so to be able to win a fast start is imperative.
Jefferson, who lost its final-two regular season tests, defeated the Lady Tigers early in the season during the Longview Tournament, so don't be surprised if the Lady Tigers are looking to settle the score tonight.
In that game Troup's top pitcher, Josee Ross, was unable to throw and another starter was out on another school function, forcing Lady Tiger head softball coach Sam Weeks to do some serious juggling of the line up.
Bethany Mason, Caitlin Tomlin and Ross are Troup's top hitters.
Mason, who has committed to University of the Ozarks (NCAA, Division III), is connecting at a .406 clip and has 13 RBI, a homer, three triples and three doubles.
Tomlin is batting a robust .379 and has three home runs and 24 RBI.
Ross is hitting .375 and has two homers and 24 RBI and seven doubles.
Ross has proven again to be one of the area's budding stars in the pitching circle where she has held opposing hitters to a .139 batting average.
The tall and lanky Ross is 14-4 on the year and has totaled 199 strike outs in 112.1 innings of work.
The junior also has 35 walks.
The winner tonight will trek to the area round next week where they will go up against Grovton or Deweyville.