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LUBBOCK â€” Howard College's Hawks managed to survive marathon games and a torrid pace through the loser's bracket to place themselves in position for a trip to nationals during the Region V Baseball Tournament here, but in the end, it may have been fatigue that sent them home Thursday.
It wasn't all fatigue, of course. A scrappy, highly-touted Grayson County College ballclub had more than a little to do with it.
Forsan's Lady Buffs take on Alpine in the Class 2A regional quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Odessa High Field near Ratliff Stadium.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is schedule for 1 p.m. Saturday at the same location. Game 3, if necessary, will follow 30 minutes after the completion of Game 2.
Winner of the series will advance to the regional semifinals.
Meanwhile, Forsan's boys go up against Bushland in a best-of-three baseball area game at 7 p.m. tonight at Lubbock Cooper. Game 2 of that series is set for noon Friday with a third game set 30 minutes after, if necessary.
LUBBOCK â€” Win or lose today, Howard College Coach Britt Smith can finally say his Hawks are doing what he has been wanting them to do all season long â€” they are playing as a team.
â€śThis is probably the biggest team effort we've had all year,â€ť he said this morning, hours after his Hawks upended Grayson County College 18-7 to force a winner-take-everything championship game in the Region V Baseball Tournament. â€śIt took a lot of adversity to get them to do it, but they have really come together.â€ť
A Hawk Send Off will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the womenâ€™s residence hall on the Big Spring campus for the Region V Champion Hawk softball team.
After sweeping the Region V regional tournament, the Hawks softball team has earned a trip to the NJCAA Division I softball national tournament in St. George, Utah.
All Hawk softball fans are invited to come to the send off and show their Hawk spirit.
Tournament play will begin May 19 and carry through May 21. All of the latest updates and information on the Hawks will be available at www.hchawk.com.
Forsan High School, fresh off a bi-district title, will take on a tough Bushland squad at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lubbock Cooper.
The best-of-three area playoff will continue with a second game at noon Friday at the same location, followed by a third game â€” if necessary â€” 30 minutes after Game 2.
â€śThey went to the state tournament last year, so they are a solid team all-around,â€ť Forsan Coach Jason Phillips said this morning. â€śThey hit the ball really well. We are going to have to play one of our best games and I think if we do that, we have a good chance to win.â€ť
LUBBOCK â€” A day after suffering their first loss in the Region V Baseball Tournament, Howard College's Hawks clawed their way back into contention.
In a day- and night-long affair at Dan Law Field here Tuesday, the Hawks first defeated Midland College 14-13 in 13 innings, then rallied in a late evening game to upend Weatherford College 6-1 in 15 innings.
With those victories, Howard has the opportunity at some revenge. At 1 p.m. today the Hawks were to take on New Mexico Junior College â€” the team that beat them 5-1 on Monday.
LUBBOCK - Howard College was defeated 5-1 Monday by New Mexico Junior College in the Region V Baseball Tournament. The Hawks were to play Midland at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the double-elimination tournament being held at Dan Law Field in Lubbock.
STANTON â€” The Texas High School Track and Field Meet is one high-stakes event, but Adam Montez just may be pressure-proof.
After all, the Stanton High School senior has already thrived under one of the most pressure-packed situations a track and field runner can find himself in.
At last week's Region I-2A track meet in Odessa, a false start disqualified Montez from the 400-meter run final, meaning he went into the 800-meter run facing his last chance to qualify for the state meet.
No pressure, right?
LUBBOCK â€” The Howard College Hawks have made their name with hitting this softball season, but it was pitching and defense that saved the day Thursday.
The Hawks escaped a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the first inning, then turned things over to the pitching combo of Sandra Serna and Selina Mitchell en route to a 4-3 victory over Midland College in a second-round Region V West tournament game at Lubbock Christian University.
Anyone who has watched the Howard College softball team knows that, to a large degree, the Hawks will go as far as their bats will take them this postseason.
Fueled by one of the most potent offensive attacks in team history, the Hawks finished third in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference with a 19-6 mark, and they hope their bats remain hot as they prepare to open play at the Region V Softball Tournament, which begins Thursday at Lubbock Christian University.