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Plano East, Forney reach state softball tourney

Class 4A Forney and Class 5A Plano East are the only schools from the area to reach the UIL state softball tournament, which runs Wednesday-Saturday in Austin.

Plano East defeated District 8-5A rival Hebron 5-4 in the 5A Region 1 final to earn its trip to state. The Panthers will face Klein Collins in a semifinal game at 3 p.m. Friday at the University of Texas' McCombs Field. The 5A championship game is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday.

Forney edged Ennis in a best-of-three 4A Region 2 final series, 6-5, 10-12, 2-1. The Jackrabbits face Montgomery in a state semifinal at 9 a.m. Friday. The 4A championship game is at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Here is the entire UIL state softball tournament schedule:

WEDNESDAY'S GAMES

Class 1A semifinals

  • 9 a.m. - Ivanhoe Rayburn (24-1-1) vs. Petrolia (18-12)

  • Noon - Flatonia (28-5) vs. Garrison (26-5-1)

Class 2A semifinals

  • 3 p.m. - Mineola (32-1) vs. Alpine (31-6)

  • 6 p.m. - Crawford (34-2) vs. Danbury (27-7)

THURSDAY'S GAMES

Class 3A semifinals

  • 9 a.m. - Lufkin Hudson (34-5) vs. West (29-9)

  • Noon - Henderson (29-8) vs. Liberty Hill (27-8)

Class 1A championship

  • 3 p.m. - Ivanhoe Rayburn/Petrolia winner vs. Flatonia/Garrison winner

Class 2A championship

  • 6 p.m. - Mineola/Alpine winner vs. Crawford/Danbury winner

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Class 4A semifinals

  • 9 a.m. - Montgomery (33-6) vs. Forney (32-7-2)

  • Noon - Spring Branch Smithson Valley (28-6) vs. Waco Midway (34-8)

Class 5A semifinals

  • 3 p.m. - Plano East (35-3) vs. Klein Collins (30-4)

  • 6 p.m. - Northside O’Connor (31-2) vs. Deer Park (29-8)

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Class 3A championship

  • 10 a.m. - Lufkin Hudson/West winner vs. Henderson/Liberty Hill winner

Class 4A championship

  • 1 p.m. - Montgomery/Forney winner vs. Spring Branch Smithson Valley/Waco Midway winner

Class 5A championship

  • 4 p.m. - Plano East/Klein Collins winner vs. Northside O’Connor/Deer Park winner