Two Houston area Class 6A high school softball teams are guaranteed to qualify for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state tournament in Austin on June 1-2.
Top-ranked Katy will face Atascocita in the Region III-6A championship best-of-three series this week with the winner advancing to state.
Conroe Oak Ridge will face Klein Collins for the Region II-6A crown.
Oak Ridge is making its first trip to the fifth round of the state playoffs after disposing of Aldine MacArthur 6-5 and 10-6 to sweep the regional semifinal series.
The War Eagles lost three of their final four regular season games before getting on a playoff roll.
“It is a true testament to these girls and their guts,” said Oak Ridge coach Amanda Brimberry. “They had a rocky season and faced some adversity. To come out and play like we have in the postseason, I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Katy and Atascocita are familiar faces at the state tournament. Katy won a state championship in 2015 when this year’s senior class were freshmen.
In the Class 5A division, Richmond Foster (Region IV) and Barbers Hill (Region III) are in their respective region finals.
Foster swept past Corpus Christi Carroll 2-1 and 14-2.
Barbers Hill dug out of a 0-1 series deficit to post consecutive wins over College Station at the University of Houston. The Eagles will take on Elgin this week at Weimar High School.