The Marble Falls High School baseball team will face Gatesville for a bi-district championship in a best-of-three series.
Game one is at Gatesville Thursday, May 4, and game two is at Scearce Field on the Marble Falls High School campus Friday, May 5. Both start at 7 p.m. Before the start of game one, officials will flip for the site of game three, which will be played Saturday, May 6, if necessary. Fans can buy tickets here.
“They have a good team,” Marble Falls head coach Tyler Porter said. “They’re the fourth place team in a good district (District 23-4A). They have a lefty (junior Bralen Veazey) who’s their guy on the mound who’s pretty good.”
He added the Hornets also have pitcher Aydan Necessary.
Porter said he wanted to play a series because he believes it benefits his team. He noted he has been on fourth-place teams that defeated another district’s champion in a one-game, winner-take-all contest. And he’s been apart of district champions that took care of the fourth-place opponent in a series.
“In baseball, anybody can beat anybody,” he said. “It’s really hard to beat the team (with more depth) twice.”
The Hornets are in the same district as China Spring, which is the champion, Salado, Waco Connally, Waco La Vega and Waco Robinson.
“China Spring is ranked three or four in the state,” Porter said.
The Mustangs (20-6, 12-2 District 24-4A champion) haven’t played since the 10-1 win at Jarrell April 25. Officials cancelled the third game against the Cougars scheduled for April 28 because it was meaningless in the district standings. Marble Falls already won the district championship and Burnet’s 6-1 win against Lago Vista April 28 secured second place for the Bulldogs and put Jarrell at third.
By passing on a contest that didn’t benefit the standings, it ensured the health of the Mustangs as they turn their attention to the postseason, Porter said.
“And our field wasn’t going to be outstanding,” he added. “We got double the amount of rainfall that they envisioned.”
The Mustangs have spent the week fine-tuning and staying mentally and physically sharp as they’ve lifted weights and continued their normal drill work.
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