Grace & Brook Hill softball teams to face off in state semis

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Two East Texas private school softball teams have made the march to final four of their classification and are now two wins away from a Tapps state championship.

Thing is, they have to play each other in the division 2 state semis Friday morning.

For the third time this season, it’ll be Brook Hill against Grace.  The Lady Guard won the first two meetings in district 2 action in route to winning that league.

For the lady cougars, this is new territory as they haven’t been this far in the playoffs in nearly two decades.

But under fifth year head coach Mickey Akin, the program is having one of its best seasons in quite some time, partly because everyone is contributing from the freshmen to the upper classmen.  And they are relishing the opportunity of getting another shot at Brook Hill.

“We’re super proud of where they are already.  We’ve accomplished a lot of things as a program.  We don’t want it to be too big of a moment for them.  We just want them to keep doing what they’ve been doing, keep executing the little things, do the things we do in practice every day, and just play as a team,” said Akin.

The Lady Guard are no strangers to the state tournament.  Anthony Springer’s bunch is making its second straight trip to the Final Four, their third in the last four campaigns, and their sixth in the last nine years.

But they haven’t been able to get past the semifinal round.

“Our kids have been working hard and trying to, you know, they’ve been putting in a lot of work and doing a lot of the little things right.  So hopefully the game will reward us with the payoff, with the big payoff this year,” said Springer.

First pitch between Brook Hill and Grace is set for 9:30 a.m. at Crosby high school in the Houston area.

Watch the video to see our preview.

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