After eliminating Hooks, the District 14-3A runner up, the Howe Lady Bulldogs will get a shot at that league’s champions, the Hughes Springs Lady Mustangs in the Class 3-A Region II finals.

Game 1 of the best of three series will be played Thursday May 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the John Cain Family Softball Complex on the campus of Texas A&M University —Commerce.

Game 2 and 3 (if needed) will be played on Saturday, May 27, and game two is scheduled for a 7:30 start, same location. Must have been a coin flip here as that is Howe’s graduation day.

We have found two sources with conflicting records on the Lady Mustangs, so take your pick.

Max Preps has Hughes Springs with a 32-3 record, the Texas Girls Coaches Association show a 30-3 mark.

Suffice to say, as a regional finalist, the Lady Mustangs will pose a challenge to the 20-5 Howe Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Mustangs posted 4-0 and 5-1 wins over Lone Oak in their regional semifinal series, they also lost to Little River Academy and Hooks during the regular season.

The winner will advance to the state tournament which will be played at the Red and Charline McCombs Field at UT Austin.

The first semifinal game will begin at 3:00 p.m. on May 31, with semifinal Game 2, a 6:00 p.m. first pitch.

The Class 3-A final will be played on June 1 at 6:00 p.m.