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Where we left off
Plano Senior defeats McKinney Boyd, 5-4
McKinney defeats Plano East, 7-3
Allen defeats Plano West, 16-5
District 10-5A Standings
1. Plano Senior (10-2)
2. Allen (8-4)
3. McKinney Boyd (7-5)
4. Plano East (6-6)
5. Plano West (4-8)
6. McKinney (1-11)
The week ahead
McKinney Boyd at Allen, 7:30 p.m.
Plano West at McKinney, 7:30 p.m. at Al Alford Field
Plano East at Plano Senior, 7:30 p.m.
McKinney at Allen, 7:30 p.m.
Plano East at McKinney Boyd, 7:30 p.m.
Plano Senior at Plano West, 7:30 p.m.
What it all means
Thanks to a four-run outburst in the sixth inning Friday – coupled with a myriad of errors by the Plano East defense – McKinney at long last enjoyed a spot in the district winner’s circle for a night. After dropping a pair of one-run decisions to the Panthers earlier this season, Friday’s meeting appeared to be McKinney’s most opportune chance at snapping its 10-5A winless streak, and the Lions did just that.
Fortunately for East, the loss did little to dampen the team’s playoff aspirations. By virtue of Plano West’s loss to Allen, the Panthers locked up a playoff spot. Although its leads the Wolves by two games with two remaining on the docket, East holds the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of sweeping the home-and-home set between the two earlier this month.
It’s a tough blow for the Wolves, who were in the thick of the playoff hunt not too long ago, but have watched a 4-2 start to 10-5A play dissipate following a six-game losing streak.
West’s elimination means the four playoff representatives from 10-5A are set (Plano, Boyd, Allen, East), but seeding is still to be decided. Of note, the Eagles still have an outside shot at clinching a share of the district title by winning their final two games, coupled with a pair of Plano losses, and Friday’s meeting between Boyd and East could ultimately flip the two in the district standings.