Softball: After securing District 21-6A title, Atascocita hopes for deep playoffs run –

Atascocita wrapped up the District 21-6A championship with a 14-0 shutout win over Beaumont West Brook Saturday at James Grotenhuis Field.

The Lady Eagles also honored their three seniors — Katie Cimsuz (Texas), Mikayla Garza (Galveston College) and Caylee Spangle (Concordia) — who are all preparing for a collegiate run after a distinguished career that included a state title as freshmen

Lady Eagles coach Ashley Boyd was glad to honor her seniors and team with a district title.

“All three of them play a different role on the team,” Boyd said. “All three of them have different personalities that we need to make this team go round. You talk about Katie and McKayla, you go back to their freshmen year, the impact they had helped us win a state title. All of them have had a great four years, but we’re not ready for them to leave yet. We still have the playoffs.”

Atascocita’s Class 6A bi-district series will be against former District 22-6A foe Pasadena Memorial with game 1 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pasadena ISD Softball Complex. Game 2 will be at 5 p.m. Friday at James Grotenhuis Field and if a third game is needed it will take place after game two.

Summer Creek, Kingwood and Kingwood Park (Class 5A) will represent Humble ISD in the playoffs.

The Lady Eagles won the 2017-2018 Class 6A title but are trying to regain the same magic for a run this season.

In 2019, Atascocita finished third in district and was eliminated in the bi-district round of the playoffs. Last season, the Lady Eagles were off to a great start, but the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, Atascocita has hopes of another deep playoff run.

“I feel like the real season starts now with the playoffs,” Boyd said. “It has been a different year for sure. We had a rough couple of weeks, but we were able to patch things back together. I feel like we’re peaking at the right time, and I feel good how we’re heading into the playoffs.”

The Lady Eagles are glad to be in the playoffs but are out to prove once against that they’re one of the best teams in the state of Texas.

Atascocita was ranked in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll throughout the year.

“It’s exciting,” said Boyd of being back in the playoffs. “There’s only three girls on the team that have playoff experience. It’s just an exciting time right now. After everything we have been through, we’re grateful to be playing next week in the playoffs.”

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