District 1-5A softball fans getting fired up for league contests only to get confused that the alleged district contest isn’t one at all, aren’t alone.
The 1-5A coaches voted to make the change last spring at their district meeting and it probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Now things are a big convoluted in trying to see which team is leading the league race. It’s all part of a de-emphasis on district titles and protection of power points for the playoffs.
“Although the district championship these days does not factor in the playoff seeding, I still feel it will always be important to teams locally,” Parkway coach Neil May said. “These kids grow up playing with and against each other – and to be the best when you’re are playing for your school is a tremendous accomplishment.”
Making it more complicated as that some district teams are playing each other twice in order to get the right number of quality opponents on the schedule.
“To avoid not having to drive two hurs away on a school night, we ended up scheduling ‘district’ opponents and it does not count,” May said. “Too confusing. I like tradition!”
Byrd principal Jerry Badgley said he expects the district to revert to playing each team twice next season. In the meantime, fans will just have to look at schedules carefully to see if they need to cheer a lot or a little.
Caddo Magnet 8, Southwood 7: Playing a game that did count in the District 1-5A standings, the Lady Mustangs (5-4, 1-0) got a triple from Miriam Trafford and a pair of doubles from Brittany Maples. Nikki Greer had a pair of doubles and Brooklyn Bass went 2-for-2 for the Lady Cowboys.
Loyola 9, Northwood 8: The Lady Flyers picked up a big win on Thursday getting a pair of hits apiece from Mattilyn Reeder and Claire Riddick. Kathryn Scrivener picked up the win for Loyola.
Captain Shreve 5, Parkway 2: Anna Dunn went 2-for-4 to led the Lady Gators past Parkway in a non-district contest. MacKenzie Morgan picked up the win after allowing just four hits.
Evangel 4, North Webster 3: Carolina Sanchez posted 15 strikeouts and went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Lady Eagles (9-3, 1-0) in the key District 1-3A victory. Olivia Sessions and Rhyann Sisco had two hits apiece for Evangel, while Lexi Baker had two hits and Amberlee Nix a double for North Webster.