CLYDE — Forsan have been playing lights-out baseball for the previous few weeks. Most recently, the Buffaloes eliminated rival Borden County from postseason play after a 6-5, extra-inning affair that lasted nearly four hours.
Forsan jumped on Borden early, racking up runs in the first two innings to take a 5-0 lead.
Undaunted, the Coyotes returned the favor in the sixth, scoring four to pull within a run. BC tied it up in the top of the seventh to send the game into overtime.
The Buffs scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to punch their ticket to the regional quarterfinal round of the playoffs.
Clayton Galloway and Trevor Burchett each threw five innings for Forsan and combined for 14 strikeouts and eight walks.
“Both Clayton and Trevor pitched well for us,” said FHS Head Coach Jason Phillips.
The Buffaloes had eight hits and committed two fielding errors.
Galloway had a RBI triple at the plate, Burchett also tripled and recorded a pair of base hits, Matthew Mims picked up two singles and Blaise Coffman, Polo Morin and Marcus Cervantes each registered a RBI.
Morin's RBI came at an opportune time.
Garrett Kligora was advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the tenth by Dillon Bagnall, then Morin hit a ground ball to send Kligora home for the winning run.
“It was a tough game,” Phillips said. “We jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but then we left the bases loaded three times. Borden is a good baseball team — they made the plays they needed to and made us fight to get the win. They definitely put pressure on us.”
Additional details on the regional quarterfinal will be released this week, but what is known is Forsan will meet for a three-game series which will likely be played in Crane this weekend.
WOODROW — Perhaps Big Spring was playing on borrowed time.
In the third game of a best-of-three area showdown between Big Spring and Lubbock Cooper at Pirate Field, the Steers were unable to conjure up the magic they did Friday at Steer Park, as Cooper defeated BSHS 10-2.
Down 5-0 in the top of the sixth, Haegan Rodriguez sparked the offense with a lead-off double. Gunnar Kennedy drove him home after ripping a single to put the first run on the board for the Steers.
An error, a pair of walks and a wild pitch led to another Big Spring run.
With the Pirates' lead cut to three, the Steers had the bases loaded with two outs. Adam Franco stepped into the batters box and with the pitch count at 0-2, the game was put on hold because of a thunderstorm that swept through the area.
Over an hour later, play resumed but Franco flew out to end the inning.
Big Spring hurler Max Pappajohn came back from the lengthy delay and quickly struck out the first two hitters in the bottom of the sixth, but a walk and a trio of hits quickly led to to more Cooper runs, making a 7-2 game before Pappajohn was pulled after pitching 5 2/3 innings and striking out seven batters on the day.
Relief pitcher Joseph Morelion was also banged up by the No. 9 Pirates in the sixth as they tacked on two more runs before the outing — and the Steers' season — came to an end.
Big Spring finished with a 6-4 District 4-3A record and 20-13 overall.
SHALLOWATER — The improbable run has ended, but the Bulldogs can hold their heads up high.
A team that goes 0-20 usually doesn't usually rebound the next season and claim a district championship outright, but that's exactly what Coahoma did this season after a losing every game they played in 2012.
Having locked up a first round bye, the Bulldogs made their postseason debut Friday against Tulia, but were bested 12-6. Saturday didn't go much better for CHS, as the Hornets smacked the 'Dawgs 10-6.
It wasn't the way CHS Head Coach Bryan Jacobs wanted the year to wrap up, but he can't help but be pleased with his staff's performance.
“We were disappointed with the outcome, but we weren't disappointed with the our play and we definitely aren't disappointed with the way we competed,” Jacobs said of the series. “We just could never bust out. We had a lead here and a lead there, but (Tulia) is a good team.”
The turnaround likely guaranteed the first-year head coach a key to the small community of Coahoma, but Jacobs admits it will be a long road to bring the program to where he wants it, especially with such a small group of returning starters next year.
“We're only going to have one returning pitcher,” Jacobs explained. “That will be the focus next season. Right now, we don't have the pitching staff to get through a tournament.”
But if next year is anything like this one, Jacobs will extract the maximum amount of talent possible from his roster.
“We will have to go back to the basics,” Jacobs said “It starts with pitching. We will have a lot of unestablished players, so we may be looking at a rebuilding year. We will definitely be young.”
The seniors Jacobs is losing will be missed.
“It took me a while to discover the personality of these guys,” Jacobs added. “They're a great group of boys. I think when they got comfortable with the concept of winning and what it took to be successful as a team, that made the difference and they started playing with confidence. The talent was already there. We will miss them. Not just for their athletic talent, but because of the goodhearted people they are.”
SNYDER — The lone Crossroads area softball squad remaining alive in the postseason guantlet is Coahoma, who edged rival Colorado City on Saturday, 7-5, to advance to the regional semifinal round.
Pitcher Kyla Clanton controlled the tempo from the circle, striking out 10 Lady Wolves in a complete-game victory. Clanton also recorded a pair of doubles in her at-bats along with teammate Savannah Neff.
Ashlii Beserra and Tobi Robinson also doubled during the one-game affair.
Neff had two RBI, while Clanton, Beserra, Robinson, Shelby Franklin and Kara Fuentes each had one.
According to first-year Head Coach Jill Bradshaw, the Bulldogettes laid out a game plan and stuck to it — leading to the win.
“We knew we had to jump on their pitcher early,” Bradshaw said.
“Usually, we wait until the fifth or sixth inning and it's too late. We got to her early and played hard the rest of the game. They set a goal and came out at each at-bat and achieved it. They played focused, they played with tons of heart and never gave up.”
Details on the Coahoma's next opponent will be finalized soon.
ABILENE — Another successful season came to a close Saturday at Abilene High School as Albany routed Forsan, 12-2 to pull the regional quarterfinal rug out from under the feet of the Lady Buffaloes.
Gabby Womack connected for a big hit to score the first run of the game, giving Forsan an early, 1-0 advantage.
Unfortunately for the Lady Buffs, the Lady Lion bats were hot for the second consecutive game, as they managed to pile on run after run before the game was called in the sixth inning due to the run rule.
Forsan Head Coach Shanna Taylor has never lost before a regional quarterfinal round during her tenure at FHS and claimed back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010.
Several starters are expected to return to the lineup next season, including junior pitcher Ali Knight and freshmen pitcher Maddie Munsell.