The Ellis County playoff season is upon us.
Between Friday and Tuesday, nine teams will attempt to make a mark on the TAPPS, 3A, 4A 5A and 6A University Interscholastic League baseball and softball postseasons to make it to the high school sports promised land — the state championship.
The county has as good a chance as any in the state to produce at least one title from either one of three district champions, two bi-district champions or any of the teams owning the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in their various districts.
Waxahachie High School (10-3, district 12-3A)
The Indians will play at 7: 30 p.m. on Friday at Richards Park during a one-game playoff against Dallas Adamson High School. The Leopards and head coach Matt Putman, who closed their district schedule 12-8 and district 13-5A’s champion have won three of their last five games, including a 19-0 blowout against South Oak Cliff High School.
Last season, the Indians reached the area round and fell to Hallsville High School 2-1.
Midlothian High School (12-0, district 12-3A)
The Panthers will play a best of three game series against Euless Trinity High School starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at THS Baseball Field and continuing at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Panther Field. If necessary, game three is scheduled to be played 30 minutes after game two on Saturday at Panther Field.
Trinity’s Trojans finished the district 7-6A season 5-7 and in fourth place, while the Panthers finished undefeated and in first place. The Panthers were ousted from the bi-district round of the 6A playoffs last year after losing to Southlake Carrol High School.
Midlothian Heritage High School (7-5, district 12-3A)
The first-year Jaguars will play game one of their best-of-three series against Bridgeport High School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at BHS Baseball Field and will face the district 8-4A No. 2 Bulls during game two at 1 p.m. on Saturday at MHHS Baseball Field.
Palmer High School (8-3, district 12-3A)
Head coach Bo Moore and Palmer’s Bulldogs will loke to rebound from their 11-1 loss to district champion Sunnyvale High School when they face Glen Rose High School at 7 p.m. on Friday at North Crowley High School Baseball Field during game one.
Game two is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday in the same location with game three’s date, time and location to be determined if necessary to decide the bi-district champion.
Maypearl High School (6-4, district 12-3A)
The Maypearl Panthers will play the first game of their best-of-three bi-district playoff series against Grandview High School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and the second game at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for play at Red Oak Baseball Field.
Ovilla Christian School (11-0, TAPPS 3-3A)
A dominant OCS Eagles varsity baseball team received a bye during the first round of the TAPPS 3A playoffs because of their district championship win, but will face the winner of Dallas Covenant School and Fort Worth Temple Christian School matchup, scheduled for Thursday, after press time, on Tuesday.
Waxahachie High School (10-6, district 12-3A)
The Lady Indians will take the momentum from their 12-0 bi-district title win against Dallas Molina High School to Forney when they face Sulphur Springs High School during the one-game area playoff at 6 p.m. on Saturday at North Forney High School Softball Field.
The Lady Indians, who have been eliminated in the area round of the 5A playoffs the last two years after beating Molina for the bi-district title, will face a Lady Wildcat team lead by head coach David Carillo.
Midlothian High School (10-2, district 8-6A)
District 8-6A’s No. 2 softball team will face Keller High School at 7 p.m. on Friday at Lady Panther Field during a one-game playoff. If the Lady Panthers beat Keller, it will be the first time in head coach Alejandro Lozoya’s four-year tenure with MHS his team reached the regional round of the 6A playoffs.
The Lady Panthers have won back-to-back bi-district titles after sweeping the series against Colleyville Heritage High School last Thursday and Friday.
Palmer High School (12-0, district 12-3A)
Palmer’s Lady Bulldogs, the two-time undefeated district 12-3A champion, will face Callisburg High School during game one of their one-game playoff on Friday at Prosper High School Softball Field.
The Lady Wildcats, at 7-7, are district 10-3A’s No. 3 playoff seed, defeating Holiday High School in back-to-back games to claim a bi-district title. Including the postseason victories, Callisburg won six of their last eight games.