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Travis’ Rachel Ybarra delivers a pitch against Elkins.

Travis (12-2) vs. Katy Seven Lakes (10-12)

Region III-6A bi-district playoffs - 3-game series - Game 1: Thursday, April 29, 5 p.m., Seven Lakes HS; Game 2: Friday, April 30, 5 p.m., Travis HS; Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 if necessary

The Lady Tigers’ historic season continues this weekend against Seven Lakes. Travis earned their first playoff series victory since 2018. Seven Lakes has won three of their last four games to end the regular season to earn a playoff spot.

Travis will have Ariel Kowalewski in the lead-off spot, batting .725 with 34 RBIs and eight home runs during district play.

George Ranch (14-6) vs. Katy Cinco Ranch (11-7)

Region III-6A bi-district playoffs - 3-game series - Game 1: Thursday, April 29, 5 p.m., Cinco Ranch HS; Game 2: Friday, April 30, 5 p.m., George Ranch HS; Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 if necessary

The Longhorns had a stellar start to their time in District 20-6A, earning a co-district championship with Travis. George Ranch will enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed to face Cinco Ranch.

George Ranch has had plenty of success in the 6A playoffs under head coach Donna Vrba, winning their first two series before a one-game playoff loss against Clear Creek in 2019.

The Longhorns will likely face junior Krista Burg, who is 6-5 over 15 appearances in the circle, striking 58 and walking 24 over 85 1/3 innings.

Ridge Point (20-8) vs. Katy Tompkins (11-3)

Region III-6A bi-district playoffs - 3-game series - Game 1: Thursday, April 29, 6 p.m., Ridge Point HS; Game 2: Friday, April 30, 5:30 p.m., Tompkins HS; Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 if necessary

The Lady Panthers have had some low points during the 2021 season, but no team wants to face Ridge Point in the bi-district playoffs. Ridge Point will welcome the No. 2 seed from District 19-6A, Katy Tompkins, to start the playoffs.

Ridge Point’s starting pitcher Malyn Simmons will be the key to success. Simmons has allowed five earned runs over her last 17 innings while striking out 15 and walking one.

Austin (12-10) vs. Katy (16-3-2)

Region III-6A bi-district playoffs - 3-game series - Game 1: Thursday, April 29, 6 p.m., Austin HS; Game 2: Friday, April 30, 6 p.m., Katy HS; Game 3: Saturday, May 1, noon, Katy HS

The Lady Bulldogs finished the season strong with four wins to wrap up the final playoff spot out of District 20-6A. Austin must now face the reigning 6A state champions in their first playoff series since the 2020 playoffs were canceled.

Austin’s lead-off hitter Jessie Shipley has been doing work during the Lady Bulldog’s winning streak, collecting five hits, five walks nine runs scored and five RBIs in 11 at-bats.

Foster (28-3) vs. Houston Austin (2-5)

Region III-5A bi-district playoffs - 1-game series - Wednesday, April 28, 4 p.m., Foster HS

The Lady Falcons have an unordinary game time for sure with a bi-district contest Wednesday, but the result should be ordinary for Foster. The Lady Falcons haven’t lost a game since the middle of March against Waller.

The heart of the Foster lineup has been strong to finish the season with Mickayla Tosch, Emily Naivar, Ella McDowell and Madison King each producing break-out games. McDowell is batting .500 (8 of 16) with nine runs scored, 10 RBIs and five extra-base hits.

Lamar Consolidated(12-14) vs. Houston Milby (8-2)

Region III-5A bi-district playoffs - 1-game series - Wednesday, April 28, 6 p.m., Delmar Sports Complex

The Lady Mustangs are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2017, and like four years ago, Lamar will face a team from a major metro school district in the bi-district playoffs.

Lady Mustangs beat San Antonio Kennedy in 2017 and Lamar hopes to beat Houston Milby on Wednesday.

Milby will have to counter the hot-hitting Shenita Tucker for Lamar, who is batting .642 (9 of 14) in her last five games with eight runs scored, eight RBIs and six extra-base hits.

Fulshear (13-9) vs. Houston Waltrip (8-2)

Region III-5A bi-district playoffs - 3-game series - Game 1: Thursday, April 29, 6 p.m., Fulshear HS; Game 2: Friday, April 30, 5 p.m., Delmar Sports Complex; Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 if necessary

The Fulshear High School softball program gotten a taste of the playoff in its short four-year varsity history, but the Chargers are still seeking their first playoff series win.

The Chargers beat Wharton in 2019 to earn a playoff game against Bellville in the program’s first season in 4A and the 2020 season was cut short.

Fulshear will go for the program’s first playoff series win against the District 23-5A champions, Houston Waltrip.

Kendall Lippold has swung a hot stick for Fulshear over the last five games, batting .533 (8 of 15) while collecting five extra-base hits and nine runs scored.

Needville (21-4) vs. Sinton (13-12)

Region IV-4A bi-district playoffs - 3-game series - Game 1: Friday, April 30, 7 p.m., Sinton HS; Game 2: Saturday, May 1, 3 p.m., Needville HS; Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 if necessary

The tight schedule of the 2021 season did not allow for Needville, Columbia and Sweeny to play their way through tie-breakers for the top seeding in District 25-4A — resulting in the Lady Jays be slotted into the No. 3 seed against District 26-4A runner-up Sinton.

Sinton five of their last six games to end the season but lost to district champion Rockport-Fulton to end the season and the Lady Pirates are 3-8-1 against any competition outside of District 26-4A.

The Lady Jays’ lead-off hitter has been getting the Needville offense rolling over the final four games of the season, Celeste Aguilar is batting .500 (6x12) with six runs scored, nine RBI, three extra-base hits and two walks.

East Bernard (22-5) vs. Tarkington (12-10)

Region III-3A bi-district playoffs - 1-game series - Thursday, April 29, 6 p.m., Tomball HS

The Brahmarettes used an extra-inning victory over Danbury on Tuesday to earn the top seed out of District 24-3A for the playoffs. East Bernard’s reward is a bi-district playoff matchup against Tarkington Thursday at Tomball High School.

A win Thursday would extend East Bernard’s bi-district winning streak to seven seasons with the 2020 playoffs canceled.

The Brahmarettes will lean on starting pitcher Lexie Warncke, who has allowed only one unearned run over her last five starts (29 IP) on four hits while striking out 64 and walking eight.

Follow Fort Bend Herald sports editor Ryan Dunsmore on Twitter at @duns_more for game updates. Follow the Herald sports department on Twitter at @fbheraldsports, Facebook and Instagram at Fort Bend Herald Sports. 

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