The Wharton Lady Tigers will be playing against the Fulshear Lady Chargers for the third time this year and the second time in as many weeks as a result of their foes forcing a fourth-place seeding game in District 25-4A.
WHS lost to Fulshear in an away game in the district finale earlier this week by a 15-3 score.
It was an outcome that was completely different from the first time the two teams met on March 26.
The Lady Tigers won at home by a 5-4 score.
The second time resulted in not only the teams tying their district 1-1, but they also had identical record by district’s end – both 5-5.
According to the Wharton ISD Athletics Department, WHS will play Fulshear in a one-game playoff at George Ranch High School (8181 FM 762, in Richmond) next Tuesday, April 23 beginning at 6 p.m.
WHS softball coach Tanya Sulak said she fielded a young team this year that made huge gains compared to the 2018 team.
“They are young, so I think they still have some maturing to do, but they are fighters and don't want to give up,” she said. “They love the game and that has shown in their playing.”
The fact that the Lady Tigers are in this position to qualify for the playoffs is a great feat in itself.
“They lost every district game last year, and they came in with the mindset that they did not want that to happen again. Even if they lose, they try to compete with whom they are playing against,” Sulak said. “I have told them all year long that they have to focus, not on the end, but every game. Every inning, every out, takes focus. They have played into that, and I think that has made a big difference.”
The WHS has been aided by superb play on the field and there are plays that stand out more than others for Sulak.
We have had some outstanding moments, like the first homerun ever for Emily Simper, Cyra Rodriguez getting three triples in one game, Courtney Coleman getting three double plays the other night against El Campo, and Chloe Villarreal coming up big with a grand slam to win a game for us,” she said. “But, I think what has surprised me most is the tenacity that these girls have not to give up. I have had practices where they were struggling with overthrows on drills, and they would not stop doing the drill until they got it right.”
Sulak said they strive to be the best they can in their young athletic lives.
“They would do it over and over, not because I was telling them to, but because they want to be better,” she said. “They are driven, and I think that will take them places in the future, not just in softball, but everything they do in life.”
The one-game playoff will have WHS being the visiting team. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students.