Lubbock State Qualifier Tournament
FORT STOCKTON -- Lessons come with losses in sports, and there’s no doubt Estacado learned plenty in a three-week postseason run that ended Saturday.
FORT STOCKTON -- El Paso Riverside’s offense was quiet most of the night against Estacado on Friday, but the one time the Rangers got noisy, man, did they do some damage.
Baseball is a sport that lends itself to a lot of shifting and juggling -- the notion of players settling on one position is usually a foreign concept -- and versatility is expected and appreciated.
It was an electric atmosphere on Saturday at Matador Field when Estacado squared off with Seminole in a game-three matchup for the Class 4A area-round championship, and the Matadors and Indians certainly did their part to contribute to a memorable day.
Baseball tends to take on the personality of the West Texas weather every once in a while. Chamber-of-Commerce great one day, gloomy and treacherous the next. And never, ever predictable.
Estacado is a team built on the foundation of a handful of seniors with a large core group of underclassmen supplying plenty of motivation to start thinking ahead about what might be on the horizon.
AMARILLO -- Mother Nature only delayed the inevitable for Estacado, although Hereford made sure the Matadors had to work hard to achieve what they were after on Saturday.
FORT STOCKTON -- Evan Johnson doubled and scored three runs, and Haydden Kennard scattered six runs over 6.1 innings to help Frenship notch an 11-7 victory against El Paso Americas in the first game of a Class 6A bi-district playoff series.
Seems that Estacado has the dramatic rally thing crossed off its to-do list as the playoffs arrive.
FORT WORTH -- There will be tough tests ahead for Trinity Christian when the TAPPS playoffs get rolling, so why not test the water a little beforehand?
With the regular-season finish line in sight, several city baseball teams have business to take care of in the next two games.
Monterey added the final touch to its first-ever District 4-5A championship by outslugging Lubbock High 10-4 Friday at Lady Plainsmen Field.
After 14 innings of offensive malaise, Coronado came out with a purpose Friday against Abilene Cooper. And ignited by a quick start, the Mustangs finished the week strongly with a 7-4 victory against Abilene Cooper at O’Banion Field.
ABILENE -- Coronado’s bid to stay within a game of the District 4-5A lead took some twists and turns Tuesday at Abilene Cooper, and the last change didn’t go the Lady Mustangs’ way.
ABILENE -- Lubbock-Cooper’s day had not gone well for most of the first 5 innings against Abilene Wylie ace Brooks Gay.
Staring at a loss that could’ve dashed the chance at a District 4-5A championship, Coronado came out fighting in the last 2 innings Tuesday to rally past Abilene Wylie.
As the District 2-6A stretch run arrives, Frenship has some work to do to climb into the pole position, but the Tigers have definitely jumped squarely into the rearview mirror of frontrunners Odessa Permian and Midland Lee.
ABILENE -- Makenna Sandoval and Tatiana Trotter both hit inside-the-park home runs and drove in 3 runs apiece to help Monterey stay in a first-place tie in District 4-5A with an 8-4 victory against Abilene Wylie on Friday.
ABILENE -- Abilene Wylie overcame a two-run outburst by Coronado in the top of the 6th inning with two runs in the bottom of the inning to outlast the Mustangs 3-2 in the series finale between two of the top teams in District 4-5A.
Jaxson Aleman drove in three runs, and Monterey got 7 solid innings on the mound from Jackson Jolly for a 14-8 victory against Abilene Cooper in District 4-5A play at Moegle Field.
Hollyn Joachim homered twice and drove in five runs, and Monterey scored all seven of its runs in the final two innings in a 7-1 victory against Lubbock High in District 4-5A play on Tuesday.