Diboll, Lovelady, Kennard, Garrison, Chireno Continue Playoff Run
For most school districts across East Texas, it's time for summer vacation. The graduations, end of school parties, and goodbyes have taken place and most students are thinking about the fun that lies ahead for the next couple of months.
However, that's not the case for several high school baseball and softball teams across the Pineywoods. There's still some important business to take care of.
Let's start with softball. It's time for the UIL Texas State Tournament in Austin. The last four teams from each conference have punched their ticket for the opportunity to be crowned champions. Two softball teams from Deep East Texas will be taking the field this week at Red & Charline McCombs Field on the campus of the University of Texas.
In Class A, the Chireno Lady Owls make their 2nd appearance in school history in the UIL State Softball Tourney. Chireno is 17-5 on the year and they have taken down Wells, Chester, and Bloomburg in the playoffs to earn their spot in Austin.
Chireno is scheduled to play the Hermleigh Cardinals on Tuesday, May 31 at 10 a.m. The Cardinals have a record of 15-6 and they are also making their 2nd appearance in the UIL State Softball Tourney. The winner of this game will take on the winner of the D'Hanis/Dodd City match-up for the state championship on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Dodd City was last year's Class A champion.
In Class 2A, the Lovelady Lady Lions are making their first trip in school history to the UIL State Softball Tourney. Lovelady is 34-4 on the season. They have won 16 straight games, and 31 out of their last 32 games. Their only loss coming to Franklin which is at the state tourney for Class 3A.
The Lady Lions will play Tuesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. against last year's state champs, the Stamford Lady Bulldogs. They have a record of 26-4 on the year. The winner of this game will go on to Wednesday night's state championship game to face the winner of Weimar vs Crawford.
Turning to baseball, Diboll, Garrison, and Kennard are the teams from Deep East Texas that continue their quest for some championship hardware.
The Diboll Lumberjacks took down Cameron Yoe in their best-of-three match-up to earn a spot in the Regional Finals. Diboll will now take on Franklin with the winner earning a trip to the State Tournament.
- Game 1 - Friday, June 3, 7 p.m. - Grand Oaks High School
- Game 2 - Saturday, June 4, 4 p.m. - Navasota High School
- Game 3 (if necessary) - 30 minutes after Game 2
The Garrison Bulldogs made quick work of the Bowie Pirates last week and will now take on the Centerville Tigers in the Regional Finals. The winner will advance to the UIL State Tournament.
- Game 1 - Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. - Lufkin High School
- Game 2 - Friday, June 3, 7 p.m. - Lufkin High School
- Game 3 (if necessary) - Saturday, June 4, 2 p.m. - Lufkin High School
The Kennard Tigers defeated Union Hill in a best-of-three series last week. The Tigers have now punched their ticket to return to the UIL State Tournament in the Class A Conference. The bracket for the semi-final games has yet to be released. We do know that the Tigers will play their semi-final game on June 8 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.
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