We are guaranteed of at least one area Class 5A softball team making it to state this year.
The excitement is building because Four Bluff and Calallen, two bitter district rivals, will meet this week in a best-of-3 series at Cabaniss Field to determine who advances to Austin.
Tonight, we zero in on the Lady Hornets.
It has been an incredible ride so far for them. And you know, when you’re still practicing this time of year, it’s been extra special.
The District 29-5A champs crushed third-ranked Dripping Springs, 13-3, in their winner-take-all one-game playoff on Friday.
So, it was nice for them to be back on the practice field again this afternoon.
The Lady Hornets are red hot and now they get their district rivals Calallen. They have already beaten them twice this year, but this is a brand new series.
And there are no secrets going into this one. Flour Bluff knows that anything can happen, especially against a very good Lady Cats team.
“Playing a rival, you know it’s going to be exciting, tough and a big challenge but we are both very good teams and I know that whoever comes out on top of this game will represent our area well,” said Flour Bluff outfielder Stacia Krnavek. “I knew at the beginning of the season that this team was special and I knew we would do special things this year.”
Flour Bluff second baseman Emylee Carter said the chance to represent Corpus Christi at the state tournament makes the rivalry game extremely special.
“It’s pretty exciting to know there will be a Corpus Christi team that advances to the state tournament,” Carter said. “We know each other very well, we know who they pitch, we pitch and can hit there and who can hit here. It’s going to be whoever flinches first, whoever has that first error because it’s going to be a great series.”
Flour Bluff coach Angela Scott says her team remains loose, despite the pressure-packed games approaching.
“These kids are just fun to coach,” Scott said. “They come out and act silly. People probably think we don’t have many serious practices but we do.
“But more than anything, them just being able to come out and relax and have fun has been our success to this year.”
They have certainly shown a lot of poise during the playoffs. We will check in on the Lady Cats from Calallen tomorrow.
Here’s their playoff schedule
5A REGIONAL FINALS
CALALLEN VS. FLOUR BLUFF
GAME 1 Wednesday 7 p.m.
GAME 2 Thursday 7 p.m.
GAME 3 Saturday 10 a.m. (If necessary)
All games at Cabaniss Field.