By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (April 27, 2015) — Stephenville is headed to the state softball playoffs, and it turns out the Honeybees may not need a seeding game after all.
If Abilene Wylie defeats Brownwood in Monday evening’s game to determine the final playoff qualifier from 6-4A, then Stephenville will automatically be the No. 3 seed and Wylie the No. 4 seed because the Honeybees swept Wylie head-to-head during district play.
If Brownwood defeats Wylie for the final playoff spot, Stephenville and Brownwood will have a seeding game because the teams split their district matches.
Stephenville, Wylie and Brownwood all tied for spots 3-5 in 6-4A. Mineral Wells won the district, with Graham, who beat the Honeybees 2-1 in 10 innings Saturday, coming in second.
Regardless, Stephenville will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Eastland. The Honeybees will either face Brownwood to determine playoff seeding, or they will battle Ranger in a playoff prep contest.
“I wanted to get a game in either way, and we have Eastland reserved already,” said Stephenville head coach Rus Mayes. “Ranger was willing to participate if needed, so that gives us someone to compete against before we get going in the playoffs.”
Regardless the outcome of the seeding in 6-4A, there will be no easy bi-district playoff match-up.
Vernon won 5-4A and will face the No. 4 seed from 6-4A. Traditional Burkburnett finished second in 5-4A and awaits the No. 3 seed from 6-4A.
“Vernon wants to play one game Thursday night because of the regional track meet Friday and Saturday,” said Mayes. “Both (Vernon and Burkburnett) are pretty good.”
The Flash will be following the Wylie-Brownwood game and will pass along pertinent playoff seeding information and state playoff pairings as they become available.