COAHOMA — The race for the third baseball playoff spot from District 3-2A can't get much tighter.
The Forsan Buffaloes moved into a tie with Coahoma for third place in the district baseball race by knocking off the Bulldogs, 8-3, here Tuesday night.
The Buffaloes were led by the pitching duo of Dylan Lowery and Peyton Parker, who combined to scatter eight Coahoma hits. Lowery took the win, while Parker pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the save.
Coahoma starter Kaleb McAdams was tagged with the loss.
The game was close until the sixth inning, when the Buffaloes broke through for three runs to pad their lead to 6-1. Parker brought home the first run of the inning when he laced a double to left-center, which scored Bryson Phillips. After Elgen Suazo, who had reached base when he was hit by a pitch, scored on a wild pitch, Trevor Burchett plated Parker with a single to center.
Forsan made the lead stand up, although the Bulldogs chased Lowery on a Regan Reid two-run home run to left in the bottom of the sixth inning. Phillips added a pair of insurance runs with a two-RBI single in the seventh, and Parker set down the Bulldogs in order in the bottom of the inning to secure the win.
“This was an extremely big win for us,” Forsan Coach Jason Phillips said. “It wasn't exactly a must-win game, but it was about as close as you can get.”
Phillips said Lowery gave the team his maximum effort on the mound.
“I'm getting a little better at seeing Dylan's end point,” Phillips said. “He had pretty good stuff tonight … and he kept us in the lead. That's all you can ask from a pitcher.”
Coahoma Coach Shane Fuller said the loss was disappointing, but hardly a season-breaker for his team.
“We made some mistakes and Forsan was able to capitalize on them,” Fuller said. “We hit the ball hard all night, but usually, those hits were right at a defender. Forsan made the plays when they had to.”
Despite the tight nature of the playoff race, Fuller said he's not worried about the pressure effecting his team.
“My guys will step up. I'm not worried about them,” he said. “They've been here before, and I know they can get the job done.”
The Bulldogs, now 4-3 in district play, has an off day Friday. Forsan, which sports an identical 4-3 league mark, returns to action Friday at home vs. Post. Game time is 7 p.m.