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April 30, 2014

UIL BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: Postseason push

Five county teams set to do battle in bi-district action

Athens — The high school baseball playoffs kick into high gear starting Thursday night with four-of-five area teams in action.

In Class 3A, the Athens Hornets battle Chapel Hill, while the Brownsboro Bears face a do-or-die game against the Longview Spring Hill Panthers.

On Friday, the Mabank Panthers will tangle with the Kilgore Bulldogs in a best-of-three series at Forney High School.

In Class 2A, the Kemp Yellowjackets battle the Edgewood Bulldogs, while in Class A; the Cross Roads Bobcats will begin their series with the Beckville Bearcats. Both of those series begin Thursday.

Here is a breakdown of all five bi-district playoff series:

Athens vs.

Chapel Hill

The Athens Hornets (21-8-1) come into its bi-district series looking to bounce back from a stretch where they have lost three of their last five games.

Chapel Hill, meanwhile, is 18-10 on the season.

The series begins Thursday at 7 p.m. at Jacksonville High School. Game 2 is Friday at 7 in Jacksonville. Game 3, if necessary, is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Coach Dallas Robertson’s squad looks to bounce back from a 4-3 loss on Saturday against Mabank. The Hornets lost the tie-breaker game on a balk call in the 10th inning.

AHS looks for a solid pitching performance from a staff that includes seniors Garrett Conley and Josh Darden.

At the plate, the lineup is Conley, Brandon Boyd, Takata, Adam Stallings, Lance Funkhouser, Daniel Mossberger, Jesse Taylor, Darden and Michael Canales.

For the Bulldogs, Zack Walters is hitting .472 this season, while Pat Day is second with a .407 batting average. Braden Nelson is third with a .381 average, while Andrew Black is fourth with a .367 batting average.

On the mound, Nelson has a 1.46 ERA in 47 2/3 innings, while Pat Day could see action as he has a 1.46 ERA in 42 2/3 innings of work.

Brownsboro vs. Longview Spring Hill

The Bears open the playoffs Thursday night at Longview High School following a fourth-place district finish.

First-year coach Josh Turner’s squad comes into the game with an 11-15 record. The Bears lost senior night to the Hornets, 11-2, in the regular season finale.

The Panthers come into the one game playoff with a record of 14-19-2.

The two teams will battle on Thursday night at 7 p.m. with Brownsboro as the home team.

Brownsboro senior pitcher Ryan Covington will be a player to watch on the mound. He looks to bounce back from an outing where he allowed five runs on 10 hits in six innings against Athens.

The Panthers are led by Waylon McFaddin at the plate. McFaddin has a .395 batting average in 26 games. Teammate Nathan Methvin has a .395 batting average in 26 games.

Eli Reagh leads the team on the mound with a 2.27 ERA in 43 innings.

Mabank vs. Kilgore

The Panthers return to the playoffs with a 19-7 record after finishing 11-16 record last year.

First-year coach Rod McDaniel has the Panthers on a hot streak as they have won their last eight games.

The best-of-three series is set to begin Friday night at Forney High School at 7 p.m. Game 2 is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday with Game 3 to follow if necessary at Mineola High School.

The Panthers have had solid play from Adam Penix, Colt Conway, Corey Dyer and Ty Winkelvoss.

For the Bulldogs (11-12-1), Joseph Sheppard, Jake Brantley and Seth Whisenhunt will be players to watch during the series.

Kemp vs. Edgewood

Kemp returns to the playoff after a bi-district finish in last year’s playoffs under third year coach Brandon Hankins.

The Yellowjackets (12-15) finished as the third seed in District 13-2A after winning a tiebreaker game over Red Oak Life last week.

The best of three series is set to begin Thursday at 7 p.m., with Game 2 set for Friday at 7 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, will be at 2 p.m. All games will be played at Ennis High School.

Edgewood will come into the series with a record of 17-10.

Cross Roads vs. Beckville Bearcats

Coach Chris Curran’s Bobcats have won their last five outings and come into the playoffs with a record of 13-8.

Beckville finished the regular season with a record of 11-10.

The best-of-three series is set to begin Thursday at 4 p.m., followed by Game 2 on Friday at 6 p.m. Game 3, if necessary, is slated for 11 a.m. at Mike Carter Field in Tyler.

The Bobcats defeated Neches, 15-0, in the regular season finale.

The Bobcats have shutout their last three opponents, outscoring them 37-0.

The Bearcats won their finale, 24-0, over Leveretts Chapel last week.

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