The very first all Big-Country match up of the high school softball playoffs is coming up in the regional quarterfinal and it looks all set up to be a match to remember.
District foes Hawley and Clyde square off right down the road in Abilene. First pitch of the best-of-3 series is Friday, 4:30pm at ACU. Hawley won both meetings in the regular season and ended up taking first in district 7 2-A. The LADY Bearcats won their area game 21-1 while Clyde swept theirs. The winner of a regional semi-final berth is up-in-the-air but one thing is for sure; both teams are in for an electric atmosphere come Friday.
“It's going to be great for both schools,” Hawley coach Amber Riddle told KTXS on Tuesday, “a lot of fans are going to be there. It's going to be exciting for the girls to see the stands full.”
Their meet-ups in district means that the opponents know a lot about each other. Hawley standout Megan Verett says her team knows what they’re up against.
“You have to have team chemistry, if you have chemistry, you're good,” Verett explained, “Clyde has that. They seem to all like each other, same with us. I don't have a problem with any of our girls, we just click as a team and they really do the same thing. Overall they're a good team and so are we.”
Hawley isn't taking Clyde lightly and the lady Bulldogs don’t plan to ease up either. You can make a solid argument for a Clyde upset this week. Clyde was able to hang with Hawley and kept fans on the edge of their seat in both games. Out at practice today they told KTXS that the needed adjustments are very possible to make.
“It makes it very exciting,” Clyde coach Erica Jones said, “I bet our crowd is going to be huge. That whole atmosphere is going to play into how well the girls are going to play.”
“We've been practicing and talking a lot lately about focusing” Senior Emily Wilson explained, “I feel like if we come out and play our game we are going to really give ourselves a chance to win this series.”
The winner faces either Slaton or Lamesa in the regional semis. All highlights and coverage will be on KTXS News at 10pm this Friday.