Since District 5-4A began competition in its current state back in the fall, it’s been a top-heavy district in just about everything.
Now that we’re into the most wonderful time of the year and diamond sports, we’re seeing that’s not necessarily the case, and especially in softball.
It sounds cliche to say, but with the exception of teams playing Wichita Falls (winless in district play), there really, truly isn’t an easy out in district play.
Fort Worth Brewer, which no one really put into the list of teams expected to make it out of the district into the postseason, is the only undefeated team in district play and beat state-ranked Wichita Falls Rider last week, all behind its star pitcher.
After that there’s a gaggle of 3-1 teams: Guyer, Trophy Club Nelson and Rider. Nelson beat Guyer. Rider beat Nelson. One team that was expected to emerge this season was Lake Dallas, which is loaded with young star players, and after Thursday’s 9-1 loss to Guyer, the Lady Falcons have dropped three straight — to Guyer, Nelson and Rider.
“There’s no slouches in this district,” Lake Dallas skipper Dugan Walker said after Thursday’s defeat. “It’s going to be tough all the way through. Our district is tough. There’s a lot of very good pitchers in this district. You have to bring your A-plus game, or its going to be tough every night.”
At this point, it seems Guyer, Nelson and Rider should all make the playoffs (in no order), while that fourth spot could be totally up for grabs between Brewer (if its pitcher falls off), Lake Dallas and possibly Azle. Denton is much improved with a standout pitcher of its own now, but in this district it might be tough for the Lady Broncos to break through after years of struggles. It’s not out of the question to say that six of the district’s eight teams could be playoff teams in the majority of districts in the state.
Guyer head coach Keith Medford said whoever is lucky enough to make it out of the district will likely see a lot of success come playoff time, as competition would seemingly get easier than what they see in their own district.
“It’s going to be great in the end for us,” he said. “If you can make it out of the district you’re going to be in good shape. I firmly believe that. But we have to make it out. If we do we’ll be in good shape because we’ll face some of the top pitchers around and some of the top teams around.”