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A preview of State: Ladycats will see one prior foe at state tournament

By Nolan Ruth

The Community News

For the second time in as many years, the Aledo Ladycats are going to Austin to compete for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 5A state championship. This is the sixth time the Aledo softball program has made a state tournament appearance, and fifth in the past 10 years. After making it to the final game in 2021, the Ladycats (33-2) are favored to make it back to the final in 2022.

There is one other team returning to the tournament – the Georgetown Lady Eagles (33-3). Georgetown was Aledo’s opponent in the 2021 semifinals. The Ladycats won 8-5 to advance to the finals, where they fell to Barbers Hill 4-1.

The two teams on the other side of the bracket are both making their first appearance in the state tournament and are looking to shake things up for the two experienced programs. Montgomery Lake Creek (38-0) and Prosper Rock Hill (33-9), in fact, are two of the newest schools in the state tourney, with Lake Creek opening in 2018 and Rock Hill opening in 2020.

All games will be held at Red & Charline McCombs Field on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, and broadcast on the NFHS Network. Lake Creek will face Rock Hill at 10 a.m. Friday, June 3 in the first semifinal followed by Aledo and Georgetown at 1 p.m. The winners will face each other for the Championship at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Here is a look at the resumes from all four schools competing:


Montgomery Lake Creek Lady Lions

Record: 38-0

State Rank: 1

State Appearances(1): 2022

Road to State:

Magnolia 11-0

Magnolia 8-5

Pflugerville Weiss 11-0

Waller 5-3

Waller 7-3

Friendswood 8-0

Friendswood 10-0

Santa Fe 5-0

Santa Fe 7-2

Players to watch: Ava Brown, Jr., P; Carmen Uribe, So., CF; Maddie McKee, Jr., SS


Aledo Ladycats

Record: 33-2

State Rank: 3

State Appearances(6)/Titles(3): 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2021, 2022

Road to State:

Denton Ryan 14-3

Denton Ryan 12-1

Mansfield Legacy 12-1

Mansfield Legacy 13-1

Colleyville Heritage 4-1

Colleyville Heritage 10-0

Abilene Wylie 14-2

Abilene Wylie 7-3

Lubbock Monterey 8-2

Lubbock Monterey 10-3

Players to watch: Marissa Powell, Sr., CF; Macy Graf, Sr., SS; Kayleigh Smith, Sr., P

Georgetown Lady Eagles

Record: 33-3

State Rank: 4

State Appearances(2): 2021, 2022

Road to State:

Buda Johnson 6-1

Buda Johnson 16-2

Medina Valley 11-1

Comal Canyon 3-1

Victoria West 4-3

Victoria West 12-0

CC Flour Bluff 6-5

Players to watch: Madison Hartley, So., P; Karli Klinkerman, Sr., 3B; Isabella Torres, Jr., SS


Prosper Rock Hill Lady Blue Hawks

Record: 33-9

State Rank: 6

State Appearances(1): 2022

Road to state:

Frisco Lone Star 8-0

Frisco Lone Star 10-0

Dallas Wilson 7-0

Dallas Wilson 16-0

Frisco Heritage 4-2

Forney 4-5

Forney 7-1

Forney 4-3

Royse City 9-0

Royse City 1-0

Players to watch: Grace Berlage, Sr., P; Ella Berlage, Fr., 3B; Veronica Cully, Jr., OF


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