Brad Bibb was an important bridge for the Coronado coaching staff between two highly successful coaches with very different styles.
There will be a lot of older coaches down the sideline from Josh Davis as his head-coaching career begins, and most will have considerably more experience.
ABILENE -- Reaching what seem like unscaleable heights usually requires a special team playing at a special level almost every time they step on the diamond together.
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.
AMARILLO -- Bad days inevitably happen in baseball. Sometimes they stack on top of each other and a team has to figure out a way to fight out of a slump.
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.
Recipes for playoff success can include a lot of different ingredients. Pitching behind in counts and leaving pitches up in the strike zone aren’t among them, and in fact are an unsavory way to spoil any chance of prevailing.
ABILENE -- Two evenly matched teams collided Thursday night when Monterey and Justin Northwest met in a Class 5A regional semifinal series opener at Poly Wells Field,
Anays Perez has dazzled on the mound & Rylee O'Brien has been a force in center field and at the bottom of the lineup.
In the happy aftermath of his team’s gut-check regional playoff series victory against Abilene Wylie last week, Monterey coach Brian Cronk referred to the village his team has become in what it is already the most memorable season in program history.
For two weeks now, Lubbock-Cooper has taken a heads-down, businesslike approach to playoff opponents and the results have been hard to argue with: Two romps against Tascosa followed by a pair of one-hit shutouts to glide past El Paso Hanks.
HERMLEIGH -- For the first few weeks of the Class 5A playoffs, there had been a few blips of pressure and adversity in Monterey’s path. Not enough to cause much of a ripple as the Lady Plainsmen rolled through two opponents to take a historic leap and advance past the area round for the firs…
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.
FORT STOCKTON -- Missed early chances can haunt a team in postseason baseball, so when Lubbock-Cooper squandered an early scoring opportunity against El Paso Hanks in the second game of a Class 5A best-of-three area-round series, it could’ve been concerning.
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.
FORT STOCKTON -- Lubbock-Cooper got a stern test for 5 innings Friday when it tangled with El Paso Hanks in the opening game of a Class 5A area-round series.
HERMLEIGH -- Being familiar with each other figured to have advantages for District 4-5A foes Abilene Wylie and Monterey matched up to begin a Class 5A regional-round playoff series on Friday.
WACO -- Breaking through to reach a level that has never been reached before is a thrill for a team that been working toward a goal for so long. But when the final chapter takes a wrong turn, there is some bittersweetness involved.