Shon Ranton

Shon Ranton, Aubrey High School softball coach, instructs his team during practice at Aubrey High School, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Aubrey, Texas. Ranton recently celebrated his 500th win.

The race for the Texas high school softball playoffs is heating up as the regular season draws to an end, and Aubrey — No. 2 in Class 4A — remains the only Denton-area team in position to claim a district championship.

The Lady Chaparrals have not lost since Feb. 22 and improved to 19-1-2 on the season and 8-0 in District 8-4A with a 27-0 win over Gainesville on Tuesday night. Aubrey would clinch the district championship with a win in either of its final two games against Anna (Friday) and Melissa (Tuesday).

In District 5-6A, Guyer locked up the No. 3 seed despite falling to Keller 7-3 on Tuesday. The Lady Wildcats have two wins over Southlake Carroll and a three-game lead on the Lady Dragons with three games remaining in the regular season, including a matchup against second-place Haslet Eaton at 7 p.m. Friday.

Denton is in possession of the No. 3 seed out of District 8-5A, trailing Little Elm by one spot for second place. Ryan (11-19, 4-5 district) is in fourth place while Braswell (13-9-1, 3-6) and Justin Northwest (12-12-2, 3-6) are in a tie for fifth and still in striking distance. Lake Dallas (3-16-2, 0-10) is eliminated from playoff contention.

Sanger (5-14, 2-6) is eliminated from the District 11-4A race, while Argyle (9-19-1, 4-2) and Krum (5-12-1, 3-2) are battling for position behind Decatur (16-4, 6-0) in District 8-4A.

Pilot Point (13-11, 7-2) is second in District 9-3A and Ponder (14-13-1, 3-6) is one game out of fourth. The Lady Lions have three games remaining, including one against last-place Callisburg on Friday.

Denton-area softball standings

District 5-6A Standings

Team District Record Overall Record
Keller 11-0 23-3-1
Haslet Eaton 9-2 22-2
Guyer 8-3 21-6
Southlake Carroll 5-6 18-11
Trophy Club Nelson 4-7 17-12
Keller Fossil Ridge 4-7 14-12-1
Keller Timber Creek 2-9 10-13-3
Keller Central 1-10 10-15

District 8-5A Standings

Team District Record Overall Record
The Colony 10-0 24-2
Little Elm 7-2 19-6
Denton 6-4 17-9
Ryan 4-5 11-19
Braswell 3-6 13-9-1
Justin Northwest 3-6 12-12-2
Lake Dallas 0-10 3-16-2

District 11-4A Standings

Team District Record Overall Record
Aubrey 8-0 19-1-2
Anna 6-2 17-8-1
Melissa 4-4 19-5-2
Celina 4-4 12-12
Sanger 2-6 5-14
Gainesville 0-8 Unavailable

District 8-4A Standings

Team District Record Overall Record
Decatur 6-0 16-4
Argyle 4-2 9-19-1
Krum 3-2 5-12-1
Bridgeport 1-4 3-12-1
Springtown 0-6 5-23

BRADY KEANE can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @BradyKeane.

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