Montgomery County will be represented by six teams when the UIL softball playoffs officially commence today. The bi-district series are set for The Woodlands, Oak Ridge, Lake Creek, Magnolia, Willis and Splendora, and now the journey begins. Here is a look at the matchups:

CLASS 6A

[2] The Woodlands vs. [3] Dekaney

The Woodlands is making its 16th consecutive postseason appearance after earning the No. 2 seed out of District 15-6A. The Lady Highlanders (22-5) won every game in district play aside from their two matchups with No. 4 state-ranked Klein Collins. The Woodlands has advanced to the regional semifinals nine times over the past 10 seasons, including last year. Dekaney (11-7) is the No. 3 seed from District 16-6A and has won five of its past six games entering the postseason. The Wildcats are making their third consecutive playoff appearance.

[3] Oak Ridge vs. [2] Aldine MacArthur

Oak Ridge is making its 12th consecutive postseason appearance, earning the No. 3 seed out of District 15-6A this spring. The Lady War Eagles (21-8) made a run to the state tournament last season with the same seed, but most of the starters from that team have graduated. Oak Ridge has advanced to at least the area round five straight seasons. MacArthur (18-6) is very familiar with the Lady War Eagles after losing to them in the regional semifinals last season. The team won all its district games this year aside from their two matchups with Spring.

CLASS 5A

[1] Willis vs. [4] Magnolia

The Ladykats (23-7-1) are making their sixth consecutive playoff appearance after winning the District 20-5A championship outright. Willis, led by first-year head coach Lyndsey Lipscomb, has advanced to at least the regional quarterfinals for four straight seasons. The team has won nine consecutive games entering the playoffs. Magnolia (19-4) is making its third straight postseason appearance, taking the No. 4 seed out of District 19-5A after losing a tiebreaker game against A&M Consolidated earlier this week. The Lady Bulldogs are looking to advance past the bi-district round for the first time since 2014.

[2] Lake Creek vs. [3] A&M Consolidated

Lake Creek qualified for the postseason during its inaugural campaign, which has only been accomplished by one other team from the new school this year (boys basketball). The Lions (19-7) lost two games last in the regular season (Willis, Huntsville) that cost the team a share of the district title, but they finished strong with a victory over Montgomery. Some of the players came over from Montgomery and have playoff experience. They also have a veteran coach in Michelle Rochinski, who led the Lady Bears to several postseason appearances. Consol (21-8) earned the No. 3 seed out of District 19-5A after beating Magnolia in a tiebreaker game earlier this week. The Lady Tigers enter the playoffs on a three-game winning streak.

CLASS 4A

[1] Splendora vs. [4] Hardin-Jefferson

Splendora is set to make its second consecutive postseason appearance and hoping to improve on its regional quarterfinals run from last year when the team was competing in Class 5A. The Ladycats (23-3) were the outright champions of District 21-4A and are entering the postseason on a four-game winning streak. Splendora is ranked No. 3 in the latest poll from the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Hardin-Jefferson clinched its fifth playoff appearance in six years by defeating Hamshire-Fannett in a play-in game earlier this week. The Lady Hawks (6-7) have advanced past the bi-district round just once, two seasons ago.

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