The stage that the Weatherford Roos stepped onto Friday night was already a little large. Seven of the Roos were honored on Senior Night — Westin Pedigo, Taylor Rickels, Albert McKeown, Michael Peoples, Beau Riebe, Trey Teakell, Adrian Hernandez and Jordan Wallace.
While the ceremonius pre-game festivities were honorable, the events might have been overshadowed, as Weatherford defeated District 3-5A rival North Crowley, 5-2, to secure a spot in the playoffs.
“Tonight was big because it was senior night, but more important than that, a win tonight guaranteed us a playoff spot,” Weatherford head coach Terry Massey said. “We’re in. Now we’re playing for third place.”
The Roos got the bats swinging early and often, tagging the Panther pitching staff for three runs in the opening frame. Collin Sefcik earned a trip to first, when his patience paid off on four straight balls for a walk. Kevin Cornelius’ infield dribbler advanced Sefcik to second, before Trooper Reynolds cleared the bases on a homer to left field, giving the Roos a 2-0 advantage.
Jordan Wallace reached on a single that grazed the shortstop’s glove. Two batters later, he easily crossed home plate as Tanner White hit a towering doubled off the wall that missed being a home run by a few feet.
Jacob Dorris, coming off a relief effort Tuesday night, started on the mound, and held the Panthers at bay for the first two innings. North Crowley rallied in the top of the third, when Andrew Cooper knocked a fastball out for a two-run shot, and the Panthers were within one, 3-2.
It would be there final burst of offense, as Weatherford’s fielding and the relief effort of Trey Teakell pinned North Crowley down for the remainder of the night.
The Roos responded in the bottom of the third to widen the gap, as White and Teakell knocked two more RBIs to increase the lead to 5-2.
The game idled after that, with the Roo offense stalling as well.
“We got satisfied and started swinging at bad pitches and consequently, we kind of faded,” Massey said. “We should’ve put them away. We’ve got to learn to get a little more killer instinct in us.”
The victory makes the Roos 17-13 overall and 6-5 in district, tied with Richland for third place. Weatherford will face Burleson on the road Friday night, to try to determine its fate.
Weatherford 5, North Crowley 2
NCHS 002 000 0 - 2 6 0
WHS 302 000 x - 5 6 2
North Crowley: Andrew Cooper, Minh Nguyen (5) and Oscar Pena. Weatherford: Jacob Dorris, Trey Teakell (4) and Ty Hanson.
WP: Dorris (2-0) LP: Cooper
Doubles: North Crowley- Tommy Hodges. Weatherford- Thomas Gonzales, Tanner White.
Home runs: North Crowley- Andrew Cooper. Weatherford- Trooper Reynolds.