Weatherford Democrat

May 2, 2013

Area nines enter postseason fray


Weatherford Democrat

— 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.

Aledo also enjoys formidable depth in its pitching staff, and should hold the edge, particularly against early playoff opponents.

As last year’s Class 2A state tourney semi-finalists, Brock has considerable postseason experience, but will sit out the first round by virtue of another district championship, and another title defense.

While the Eagles are awaiting the winner of the Gunter-Howe bi-district contest, they will entertain Muenster on Friday to keep their baseball edge honed with a warm-up game.

 

 

 

Area district baseball — Final standings

Team                        W      L     Win%

District 3-5A

Arlington Martin    14    0   1.000     

Weatherford          11   3     .786

Arlington Bowie    11   3     .786

Arlington Lamar     7   7     .500

Arlington High        5   9     .357

FW Paschal            5   9     .357

North Crowley        3   11    .214

Arlington Houston  0   14    .000

 

District 7-4A

Aledo                       13   1     .929

FW Arl. Heights      11   3     .786

Granbury                  9   5     .643

FW Western Hills   8   6     .571

FW Southwest        7   7     .500

FW South Hills         5   9     .357

FW Trimble Tech    3   11    .214

FW O.D. Wyatt        0   14    .000

 

District 6-3A

Kennedale            9   1     .800

Mineral Wells       7    3     .600

Castleberry           6   4     .600

Springtown           4   6     .600

Lake Worth           4   6     .400

Diamond Hill       0   10    .000

 

District 9-2A

Brock                    12   0    1.000

Paradise                8   4      .667

Ponder                   7   5      .553

Peaster                  6   6      .500

Alvord                    6   6      .500

Millsap                   3   9      .333

Boyd                       0   12     .000