By Mark M Johnson
The 2018 postseason did not disappoint once again. Well, I suppose that depends on what team you were rooting for.
In 6A the powerhouses prevailed as they consistently do in the playoffs. Everyone had their predictions; some were right, some were crushed.
– Region 2 –
MacArthur stands out as the surprise team in the playoffs. However, if you look deeper at what this program has accomplished over the years (for example losing less than 10 games in two seasons) their success is not as surprising as it would have seemed a few years ago.
Klein Oak went 19-14 on the season and finished 2nd place in 15-6A. With that success, the Panthers saw some favorable matchups in the postseason and took advantage all the way to the regional quarterfinals.
Kamrynn Burks crushed a homerun in each of the first two series of the postseason living up to her role as the cleanup hitter.
Of course we will always see a run from The Woodlands. One of the most consistent programs in the state of Texas prevailed again in 2018 as the Highlanders made another regional tournament appearance.
The arm and bat of Amanda Curran set the team up for another deep run in 2018. Her most notable performance was her complete game shutout vs Rockwall in the regional quarterfinals to send her team to the regional tournament.
Klein Collins made quite the run in the postseason and was predicted by many to be the representative out of Region 2.
The bats went to work and Kenedy Hines arm threw the Tigers to the regional finals. Hines went a stellar 5-0 in the postseason leading up to the regional finals.
When we talk about teams that are surprises in the postseason, we usually mean a team that makes it deep in the playoffs but not necessarily to the state tournament.
We have an exception. The Oak Ridge War Eagles wowed us all in 2018. The undeniable presence of come from behind victories and never quit attitudes is the reason Oak Ridge prevailed in region 2 and captured their first ever regional title.
Autumn Sydlik stands out as the most clutch, hitting a walk-off, series ending homerun vs Sachse in the area round and then doing it again vs Klein Collins in the regional finals.
All of this is from a team that tied for 3rd place in their district…not bad.
– Region 3 –
Kingwood certainly had their eye on a big 2018 run, especially with so many returning veterans looking for another shot.
The Mustangs 3-year starter Maddie Lindsey helped lead the team into the regional tournament for the second time in three years nearly throwing every pitch for Kingwood in the process.
Katy is a team with perennially high expectations. After winning it all in 2015, they have been back to the regional finals in three consecutive years.
The 1-2 pitching duel of Alyssa LeBlanc and Chloe Cobb was nearly unstoppable in the postseason. Cobb’s power at plate was hard to overlook as well.
Another impressive regular season for Spring saw them cruise into the postseason with momentum to spare.
Chloe Gomez is always sure-handed as a catcher leading the pitching staff, but when her bat is going to work in that cleanup role, it made her role indispensible.
Ridge Point had one of the best seasons of anyone. They started out taking the BCS softball tournament championship and flew through district undefeated. This momentum paved the way for the postseason run into the regional quarterfinals.
Makinzy Herzog served not only as the unhittable pitcher but also as the pace-setting leadoff hitter as well.
Then there’s Atascocita. Logic would dictate that after losing their pitcher and other veteran leadership, 2018 would be a rebuilding phase. That’s not what the Eagles had in mind.
Enter newcomers Jenika Lombrana (transfer), Katie Cimusz (freshman), and Mikayla Garza (freshman). After the dust settles Atascocita are the 2018 6A State Champions.
There you have it. These are the standouts in the 2018 postseason, whether it was close with one or more of their teammates or standing out amongst the crowd. You decide who will be the recipient of the 3rd annual Texan Live Postseason MVP.
Editor: Jordan Yost