By David Jenkins
The Lady Panthers will face a familiar opponent in the second round of the Class 4A Region II playoffs.
Waiting on the wings is No. 5 state-ranked Krum in a best-of-three series on the turf field at Prosper High School.
“They will be a challenge for sure. Their pitching has changed from last year and in our meeting earlier this season they kept us off balance, walking away with a 3-0 victory,” head coach Jason Milligan said. “We have scouted them this past week and we will be using that data as we practice this week and prepare our game plan. With us not able to play on Thursday due to testing, so we will have an extra day for preparation. It should be a good matchup as we are pretty evenly matched.”
Things kick off 7 p.m. Friday, with the second game scheduled for 4:30 p.m. the following day.
If needed a third contest would be played 30 minutes following the conclusion of the second.
The Lady Bobcats had a bye in the bi-district round, since there wasn’t a district for 10-4A.
They are 25-2 overall and finished 9-1 for second in District 9-4A.
Back in March, Krum came away with a 3-0 win on the road in non-district action.
During last season’s area round, Princeton beat the Lady Bobcats 2-1.
They won 17-4 and 13-3, and fell 17-4.
The winner from this week advances to take on the winner of the Community (fourth from 12-4A) versus Celina (third from 9-4A) series.
The regional quarterfinals are scheduled for May 14-16.
One week ago, Princeton (15-7 overall, as of May 4) got the playoffs going with a 24-2 shellacking of Dallas Carter at home.
Carter was fourth from 11-4A.
“It’s always good to get a round of the playoffs under our belts,” Milligan said. “The result was about what we expected.”
The Lady Panthers scored 10 first in the first, nine in the second, four in the third and one in the fourth in a five-inning contest.
They finished with 20 hits and five errors in the field.
From the circle, Rachel Solis earned the decision, went three innings, gave up one hits, walked one and struck out three.
Coming on in relief were Katy Wilson (two strike outs) and Alexis Morton (one strike out).
Excelling at the plate were Morton (pair of RBI’s and a triple), Lindsey Tarby (double and two RBI’s), Ali Saldivar (RBI, double and triple), Destiny Estrada (RBI), Makayla Smith (two RBI’s), Ashley Tice (double and RBI), Wilson (RBI), Halie Thompson (pair of RBI’s), Abby James (two RBI’s and double), Shelbi Cook (three RBI’s and triple) and Lindsey Curry (RBI).
Solis and Saldivar each stole a base.
Note: Rankings are from the Texas Girls Coaches Association 3A Top 30.