Texas is about to embark on its softball postseason this week, and the journey to the championship is expected to be the toughest of any, with major implications for the MaxPreps Top 25 national high school softball rankings.

Four of the top 15 teams in the country come from the Lone Star State: Lake Creek (Montgomery, Texas), Lake Ridge (Mansfield, Texas), and Guyer (Denton, Texas) rank first, fifth and 13th, respectively and all boast perfect records. Despite having two losses, second-ranked Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas) is a team which knows how to win state titles, having finished as the top-ranked team in the country in 2021.

Meanwhile, Louisiana's state semifinals are set to take place on Friday with No. ...

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