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Hallsville Baseball Star Justin Slaten Commits To New Mexico

Hallsville's entire dugout dons their "rally caps" during Game 2 of their playoff series with Frisco Wakeland on Friday afternoon in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)
Hallsville's entire dugout dons their "rally caps" during Game 2 of their playoff series with Frisco Wakeland on Friday afternoon in Tyler. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

College baseball coaches know their recruiting jobs are not done until they get their prospects on campus for the fall semester.

Panola College lost a solid high school prospect Wednesday. New Mexico gained one.

Recent Hallsville graduate Justin Slaten, a right-handed pitcher and first baseman for one of East Texas' most successful programs, announced via Twitter he received a late offer from Lobos head coach Ray Birmingham and will shortly move to Albuquerque, N.M., rather than following through on his plan to play at least one season of junior college ball.

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Whitehouse’s Semifinal Loss Was What It Was + Derrick Jenkins Sees Teaching Moments

Whitehouse's Tanner Roach (right) accepts his semifinalist medal with Mason House during the UIL state baseball 5A semifinal in Round Rock on Thursday. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Whitehouse's Tanner Roach (right) accepts his semifinalist medal with Mason House during the UIL state baseball 5A semifinal in Round Rock on Thursday. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

ROUND ROCK -- It was such a tough loss that it became palatable.

It won't haunt the players' sleep. It wasn't just one bad hop or one bad at-bat that cost Whitehouse a 7-0 defeat to Grapevine in the Class 5A state semifinals at Dell Diamond.

Rather, this loss laid a roadmap of areas for a young team to improve ahead of the 2017 season.

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Rough Start Dooms Whitehouse in 7-0 Semifinal Loss to Grapevine

Whitehouse's Clayton Pruitt runs to first base against Grapevine during the UIL state baseball 5A semifinal in Round Rock on Thursday. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Whitehouse's Clayton Pruitt runs to first base against Grapevine during the UIL state baseball 5A semifinal in Round Rock on Thursday. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

ROUND ROCK -- Last weekend, the Whitehouse Wildcats became the first district fourth-place finisher to reach the UIL state baseball tournament.

But a rough opening inning in Thursday's Class 5A semifinal was too much for them to overcome...

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Flatonia Erupts Early to Defeat Beckville For Second Straight Class 2A Title

Beckville head coach Jason Causey (center) speaks with his team after they fell to Flatonia during the UIL 2A state baseball championship in Round Rock on Thursday. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Beckville head coach Jason Causey (center) speaks with his team after they fell to Flatonia during the UIL 2A state baseball championship in Round Rock on Thursday. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

ROUND ROCK -- The Beckville Bearcats got off to a great start Thursday morning in the Class 2A state championship game.

Beckville struck for a run in the bottom of the first, but had a chance to get more...

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Pleasant Grove Falls To Abilene Wylie In State Semifinals

Pleasant Grove's Tanner Cole gets caught in a pickle by Abilene Wylie shortstop  during the second inning of the 4A semifinal game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin. (Evan Lewis, ETSN.fm)
Pleasant Grove's Tanner Cole gets caught in a pickle by Abilene Wylie shortstop during the second inning of the 4A semifinal game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin. (Evan Lewis, ETSN.fm)

AUSTIN -- Like some of the school's teams before it, the Hawks went about packing up the dugout Wednesday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in complete silence after a 7-5 loss to Abilene Wylie in the Class 4A state semifinal round.

Some teams during Pleasant Grove's amazing six-year run to state tournaments exited the same ballpark with the same feeling. Some teams celebrated the particular occasion and went on to fall in the state championship game. Two teams won the whole thing.

What's this team's legacy?

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Beckville Rolls Past Stamford + Into Class 2A State Title Game

Beckville's Coeby Dodson (18) celebrates scoring against Stamford during the UIL Class 2A state baseball semifinal in Round Rock on Wednesday. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)
Beckville's Coeby Dodson (18) celebrates scoring against Stamford during the UIL Class 2A state baseball semifinal in Round Rock on Wednesday. (Stephen Spillman, ETSN.fm)

ROUND ROCK -- The early wake-up call didn't faze the Beckville Bearcats, and neither did the professional baseball venue.

Beckville calmy went about its business in much the same fashion of its regular season, disposing of Stamford, 9-0, in their Class 2A state semifinal Wednesday morning in front of 873 fans at Dell Diamond...

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UIL Baseball State Championships: Upstart Whitehouse Meets Grapevine in 5A Semifinal

Whitehouse Ryan Walls fires off a pitch.
Ryan Walls and the Whitehouse Wildcats face Grapevine in a Class 5A state semifinal Thursday in Round Rock.

CLASS 5A STATE SEMIFINAL
Whitehouse Wildcats (25-11)
vs.
Grapevine Mustangs (33-6-2)
4 p.m. Thursday
Dell Diamond, Round Rock
 
Coaches

  • Whitehouse: Derrick Jenkins
  • Grapevine: Steven Hutcherson

 
Road to Round Rock
Whitehouse

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UIL Baseball State Championships: Pleasant Grove Eyes Sixth Title Game Since 2008

Pleasant Grove senior shortstop Joe Pearlman, who played in the 2013 state tournament, will finish his career in the state tournament this week. The Hawks face Abilene Wylie in a 4A state semifinal Wednesday from Austin.
Pleasant Grove senior shortstop Joe Pearlman, who played in the 2013 state tournament, will finish his career in the state tournament this week. The Hawks face Abilene Wylie in a 4A state semifinal Wednesday from Austin.

CLASS 4A STATE SEMIFINAL
Pleasant Grove Hawks (27-4)
vs.
Abilene Wylie Bulldogs (30-3-1)
1 p.m. Wednesday
UFCU Disch-Falk Field, Austin
Coaches

  • Pleasant Grove: Riley Fincher
  • Wylie: Clay Martin

Road to Austin

Pleasant Grove

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UIL Baseball State Championships: Dominant Beckville Facing Tourney Regular in Semis

Beckville's Braden Wise delivers a pitch.
Braden Wise and the Beckville Bearcats face Stamford on Wednesday morning in a Class 2A state semifinal in Round Rock. (Mark Martin, ETSN.fm)

CLASS 2A STATE SEMIFINAL
Beckville Bearcats (32-1-1)
vs.
Stamford Bulldogs (22-5)
9 a.m. Wednesday
Dell Diamond, Round Rock
Coaches

  • Beckville: Jason Causey
  • Stamford: Jeremy West

Road to Austin
Beckville

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UIL Baseball State Championships: Tournament Pairings

Whitehouse players pose for a team photo following their regional championship series win over Lufkin on June 3 in Tyler.
Whitehouse players pose for a team photo following their regional championship series win over Lufkin on June 3 in Tyler.

UIL Baseball State Championships
CLASS 5A
At Dell Diamond, Round Rock
Semifinals

  • Whitehouse (25-11) vs. Grapevine (33-6-2), 4 p.m. Thursday (June 9)
  • College Station (27-14-2) vs. San Antonio Alamo Heights (26-7), 7 p
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