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Baseball Playoffs: Regional Semifinal Preview Capsules

Hughes Springs pitcher Dylan Moore throws to first base during the Mustangs’ 10-7 win over Edgewood on May 17 in Game 1 of their Class 2A Region II quarterfinal series at Kilgore’s Driller Park. (© Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

ETSN.fm will publish a separate preview of Thursday’s one-game playoff between Carthage and Silsbee.

Class 4A

Region II Semifinal

Whitehouse Wildcats (27-8)

vs.

Prosper Eagles (19-16-1)

Series — Waxahachie’s Paul Richards Park
  • Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 23)
  • Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 24)
  • Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 25) if necessary

 

How they got here

Whitehouse

  • Bi-District: def. Red Oak 2-0 in series (W 9-2, W 11-5)
  • Area: def. Sulphur Springs 2-0 in series (W 7-5, W 8-3)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Hallsville 2-0 in series (W 7-6, W 8-3)

 

Prosper

  • Bi-District: def. Highland Park 2-1 in series (L 4-0, W 2-1, W 13-2)
  • Area: def. Dallas Adams 15-0 in one-game playoff
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Frisco Wakeland 2-1 in series (L 5-2, W 12-4, W 5-4)

 

Did you know?
  • Whitehouse was eliminated in this round last season by eventual state champion Rockwall-Heath, which is now in 5A.
  • The Wildcats are averaging 8.3 runs per game in the 2013 playoffs. Whitehouse averaged 8.8 runs per game through three rounds of last year’s postseason.

 

Up next
  • Winner faces Frisco Liberty or Mansfield Legacy in a 4A Region II final.

 

Class 3A

Region II Semifinal

Spring Hill Panthers (18-13)

vs.

Melissa Cardinals (27-8-1)

Series
  • Game 1: 7:30 p.m. Thursday (May 23), Lindale ISD Baseball Complex
  • Game 2: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 25), Sunnyvale High School
  • Game 3: follows Game 2 if necessary

 

How they got here

Spring Hill

  • Bi-District: def. Mineola 4-3 in one-game playoff
  • Area: def. Emory Rains 2-1 in series (L 5-3, W 5-3, W 2-0)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Gilmer 2-1 in series (L 4-2, W 9-3, W 7-4)

 

Melissa

  • Bi-District: bye (12-3A champion)
  • Area: def. Sanger 2-0 in a series (W 3-1, W 9-8)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Argyle 2-1 in a series (L 9-8, W 12-10, W 13-4)

 

Did you know?
  • Spring Hill averages 5.8 runs per game on the season, but just 4.6 in seven playoff games.
  • The Panthers carry a 2.88 team ERA into this weekend’s series. During the playoffs, Spring Hill is giving up 3.1 runs per game.
  • Most of Melissa’s run production is generated by the combination of C.J. Tyler and Camden Duzenack, who have teamed for 16 homers and 79 RBIs on the year.
  • Spring Hill does not have a player with more than one home run or 20 RBIs.

 

Up next
  • Winner faces Pleasant Grove or Princeton in a 3A Region II final.

 

Region II Semifinal

Pleasant Grove Hawks (23-11)

vs.

Princeton Panthers (27-9)

Series — Paris North Lamar High School
  • Game 1: 3 p.m. Friday (May 24)
  • Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday (May 25)
  • Game 3: follows Game 2 if necessary

 

How they got here

Pleasant Grove

  • Bi-District: bye (13-3A champion)
  • Area: def. Bullard 2-0 in series (W 4-2, W 2-0)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Athens 2-0 in series (W 10-0, W 4-1)

 

Princeton

  • Bi-District: def. Dallas Roosevelt 2-0 in series (W 32-0, W 16-0)
  • Area: def. Bridgeport 2-0 in series (W 10-9, W 7-6)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Krum 2-1 in series (L 4-0, W 5-0, W 7-5)

 

Did you know?
  • In Pleasant Grove’s state-championship seasons of 2010 and 2012, the Hawks swept all of their playoff series.
  • Pleasant Grove has won 13 of its last 14 games after beginning the season 10-10.
  • The Hawks have allowed just three runs total in the playoffs, and have surrendered an average of just 1.5 in their last 14 games.

 

Up next
  • Winner faces Spring Hill or Melissa in a 3A Region II final.

 

Region III Semifinal

Diboll Lumberjacks (18-11)

vs.

Huffman Hargrave Falcons (22-8)

Series — New Caney
  • Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday (May 24)
  • Game 2: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 25)
  • Game 3: follows Game 2 if necessary

 

How they got here

Diboll

  • Bi-District: def. Palestine 2-0 in series (W 6-3, W 9-1)
  • Area: def. Caldwell 2-1 in series (L 5-2, W 16-2, W 7-6)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Lufkin Hudson 3-0 in one-game playoff

 

Huffman Hargrave

  • Bi-District: bye (22-3A champion)
  • Area: def. Houston Stafford 22-1 in one-game playoff
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Bridge City 5-4 in one-game playoff

 

Did you know?
  • Diboll avenged both of its district losses to Lufkin Hudson with its one-game playoff victory last week.
  • The Lumberjacks have won eight of their last nine. During that span, Diboll is averaging 8.8 runs per game while holding opponents to 3.3.

 

Class 2A

Region II Semifinal

Hughes Springs Mustangs (31-0)

vs.

Grandview Zebras (24-8)

Series
  • Game 1: 7:30 p.m. Thursday (May 23), UT Tyler’s Irwin Field
  • Game 2: 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 24), Sunnyvale High School
  • Game 3: 4 p.m. Saturday (May 25), McKinney North High School, if necessary

 

How they got here

Hughes Springs

  • Bi-District: bye (15-2A champion)
  • Area: def. Grand Saline 11-0 in one-game playoff
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Edgewood 2-0 in series (W 10-7, W 9-2)

 

Grandview

  • Bi-District: bye (10-2A champion)
  • Area: def. Leonard 2-0 in series (W 6-5, W 11-5)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Sunnyvale 2-1 in one-game playoff

 

Did you know?
  • Hughes Springs had undefeated regular seasons in both football and baseball this season.
  • The Mustangs have been ranked in the THSBCA top 10 all season long, and No. 1 for most of the season.

 

Up next
  • Winner faces Gunter or Palmer in a 2A Region II final.

 

Region III Semifinal

Elkhart Elks (31-8)

vs.

Salado Eagles (29-4-1)

Series — Franklin High School
  • Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday (May 24)
  • Game 2: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 25)
  • Game 3: follows Game 2 if necessary

 

How they got here

Elkhart

  • Bi-District: def. Hemphill 2-1 in series (L 5-3, W 11-6, W 14-3)
  • Area: def. Sabine 2-1 in series (W 12-2, L 6-4, W 10-0)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Warren 2-0 in series (W 5-1, W 6-0)

 

Salado

  • Bi-District: bye (22-2A champion)
  • Area: def. Anderson-Shiro 12-2 in one-game playoff
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Centerville 2-1 in series (L 4-3, W 4-0, W 7-5)

 

Did you know?
  • Elkhart reached the state semifinals a season ago, falling to eventual state champion Jarrell 3-2 in 13 innings.
  • Salado also reached the regional semifinal round in basketball, falling to Tatum back in March.
Up next
  • Winner faces Central Heights or Troy in a 2A Region III final.

 

Region III Semifinal

Central Heights Blue Devils (24-7)

vs.

Troy Trojans (19-8-2)

Series — College Station A&M Consolidated High School
  • Game 1: 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 24)
  • Game 2: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 25)
  • Game 3: follows Game 2 if necessary

 

How they got here

Central Heights

  • Bi-District: bye (19-2A champion)
  • Area: def. Troup 2-0 in series (W 8-0, W 5-3)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Woodville 2-1 in series (L 1-0, W 2-1, W 2-1)

 

Troy

  • Bi-District: bye (21-2A champion)
  • Area: def. Trinity 2-0 in series (W 3-0, W 7-2)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Teague 2-1 in series (L 8-6, W 12-6, 11-4)

 

Did you know?
  • Central Heights defeated TAPPS 3A state champion Bullard Brook Hill 2-1 in a warm-up game on April 25.
  • The Blue Devils have scored a total of three runs in their seven losses this season.

 

Up next
  • Winner faces Elkhart or Salado in a 2A Region III final.

 

Class A

Region III Semifinal

Carlisle Indians (24-1)

vs.

West Sabine Tigers

Series — Lufkin’s Morris Frank Park
  • Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 23)
  • Game 2: 4 p.m. Saturday (May 25)
  • Game 3: follows Game 2 if necessary

 

How they got here

Carlisle

  • Bi-District: bye (20-A champion)
  • Area: def. McLeod 2-0 in series (W 12-0, W 16-1)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Simms Bowie 10-0 in one-game playoff

 

West Sabine

  • Bi-District: def. High Island 2-0 in series (W 7-2, W 10-0)
  • Area: def. Kennard 2-0 in series (W 2-1, W 2-1)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Cushing 2-1 in series (L 19-2, W 11-6, W 10-8)

 

Did you know?
  • Carlisle’s Gunner Baker kept his 0.00 ERA for the season intact with his 17-strikeout shutout of Simms Bowie last week.
  • The Indians, who did not give up their first earned until midway through district, have allowed just one run in three playoff games this season.

 

Up next
  • Winner faces Harleton or Douglass in a 1A Region III final.

 

Region III Semifinal

Harleton Wildcats

vs.

Douglass Indians

Series — Kilgore’s Driller Park
  • Game 1: 6:30 p.m. Thursday (May 23)
  • Game 2: 5 p.m. Friday (May 24)
  • Game 3: follows Game 2 if necessary

 

How they got here

Harleton

  • Bi-District: def. Martin’s Mill 4-3 in one-game playoff
  • Area: def. Sulphur Bluff 2-0 in series (W 10-0, W 17-1)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Cayuga 4-0 in one-game playoff

 

Douglass

  • Bi-District: bye (21-A champion)
  • Area: def. Evadale 2-0 in series (W 15-5, W 9-8)
  • Regional quarterfinals: def. Lovelady 11-1 in one-game playoff)

 

Did you know?
  • Harleton coach Jackie Lloyd was formerly at Marshall where he coached 2001 first-round draft pick Colt Griffin.
  • Douglass reached the regional finals last season, losing to Carlisle 4-3 in a one-game playoff.

 

Up next
  • Winner faces Carlisle or West Sabine in a 1A Region III final.

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