— By GREG WEBB
In hopes the area weather forecasts are completely off the mark, two of Parker County’s three playoff-bound baseball teams will take the field on Thursday. Weatherford, Aledo and Brock baseball teams are set to begin their respective playoff runs, with the Roos and Bearcats beginning on Thursday and the Eagles drawing a bi-district bye.
The Weatherford Kangaroos have had a taste of meaningful baseball after the regular season already, playing a seed match in dominating style to assume the District 3 runner-up slot in the Class 5A, Region I bracket. The Roos’ 8-0 win over Arlington Bowie positioned WHS in a bi-district match against Richland, the third seed from a tough District 4 group.
Game 1 of Weatherford’s best-of-three series is scheduled for Thursday, 7 p.m., at Richland. The second match is set for Friday, also a 7 p.m. start, to be played at Weatherford’s Raymond E. Curtis Field. Should a third game be necessary due to a split, the site and time were still undetermined.
The Roos, finishing 11-3 in district, with a 27-4-1 overall mark, should have the pitching advantage in this first-round match up, and hope, as always, that the bats will be active against Richland (9-5, 22-11)
The Aledo Bearcats were an early, district-season misstep away from a perfect 7-4A record, but still won the title handily, with a 2-game margin over second-place Arlington Heights.
Aledo’s top-seed bracket slot matches the Bearcats against District 8-4A’s fourth seed, Burleson Centennial. Also a best-of-three series, Game 1 will be at Centennial’s ballpark on Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. Aledo will host Game 2 on Friday, with another 7 p.m. first pitch.
If a rubber match is needed, Fort Worth’s Goldstein Field will be the venue on Saturday, at 1 p.m.