Guyer pitcher Shayne Starkey and her teammates have a playoff spot locked up, but their seeding is still up in the air. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Yes, it’s true. The four playoff teams in District 5-4A have been decided for quite some time now. Azle wrapped up the district title last week, even with its thrilling 13-inning loss to Fort Worth Brewer. After that, there’s still quite a bit of suspense — not with who will be playing in the postseason, but what seed they’ll be.
A quick glance at the 5-4A softball standings with one game remaining on Friday (state rankings are included, when applicable):
1. No. 15 Azle (12-1); 2. No. 14 Fort Worth Brewer (10-3); 2. No. 26 Guyer (10-3); 4. Trophy Club Nelson (9-4); 5. Wichita Falls (5-8); 6. Lake Dallas (3-10); 7. Denton (2-11); 8. Wichita Falls Rider (0-13).
Friday’s games: Azle at Denton; Lake Dallas at Wichita Falls; Wichita Falls Rider at Guyer; Trophy Club Nelson at Fort Worth Brewer
That last game is the one meaningful matchup on the regular season’s final day. In their previous meeting, Nelson was outhit but took advantage of six Brewer errors to pull off a 7-6 win at home. If Nelson can repeat the feat and win at Brewer, and everything else goes according to plan with the other games, Guyer would have the No. 2 seed locked up and would open the postseason against Saginaw.
If Brewer beats Nelson, and assuming Guyer handles winless Rider, that would put Brewer and Guyer in a tie for second place with a season split between the teams. Normally, teams might just flip for seeding, but with an entire week before the playoffs begin, and powerhouse Aledo looming for the third-place team in the second round, the teams will play a game to determine who gets the second seed out of the district. That game would be played Tuesday at Brewer at 6:30 p.m.
If you remember, Aledo eliminated Guyer in the second round of the postseason last year and returns everyone from that squad. I’m sure Guyer head coach Keith Medford would welcome a chance at payback, but it makes sense to want that second seed in the district.
A Nelson win over Brewer makes the Lady Bobcats the third seed and pushes Brewer to fourth. The third seed from 5-4A would draw Saginaw Chisholm Trail in the first round of the playoffs, while the fourth seed would draw powerhouse Birdville. Whatever happens, you can bet 5-4A is going to be well represented in the postseason. They’ve had three ranked teams the entire season and if the draw falls right it wouldn’t be unreasonable to see an Azle-Guyer regional final with a state tournament berth on the line.
So, if you’re a Guyer softball fan, you’re a Nelson fan on Friday night. Dress accordingly. Hint: Your school colors are basically the same.