The Teague Lions and Wortham Bulldogs dominated the bi-district round and will play in the area baseball playoffs.
Teague took on the Blooming Grove Lions with the first game in Blooming Grove. Jaylon Davis took the mound and won the first game 11-3. He walked the bases loaded in the fourth inning and got a ball hit back to the mound and throw to third for a double play. A groundout to second ended the inning with Teague ahead 6-1. The Lions added insurance in the latter innings.
Davis has finished an eventful year athletically. He was injured in the football game with West on a long reception and did not see action for a couple of months with a broken hip. He was able to make a speedy recovery in order to compete in basketball all the way up to the regional final. He pitched game one of the series last weekend and was the sixth fastest time in the 400 meter and will compete in the state track meet in this upcoming weekend.
The clinching game moved to Teague and the Lions dominated on their home field. Logan Escobar took the ball and went the distance for the win. A nine run second inning was the downfall of the Blooming Grove defense. Cooper Jones was hit by a pitch, one of six on the day and knocked in by a Davis single. Davis would score on one of four balks on the day by Blooming Grove pitching. Brady Welch walked and Connor Smith was hit by a pitch, one of three on the day for him, with the bases loaded. Escobar helped his own cause with a bases clearing double to deep left center field and the lead grew to 13-4. They went onto an 18-7 win.
The Wortham Bulldogs built a 4-1 lead after one and never looked back in a 16-1 win in the bi-district round over the Frost Polar Bears. Cole Shivers walked and scored on a balk. Braxton Whaley reached on an error and scored on an error. Michael McGlone singled and Zach Jones scored after he reached on an error. Ethan McCoslin singled and scored McGlone and the Bulldogs took the lead.
(At Top) Braxton Whaley pitched a great game from the mound Friday night against Frost. Wortham Bulldogs earned the title of Bi-District Champs.
Wortham had a couple of big innings in the fifth and the sixth. McGlone had a leadoff single and Jayce Black launched a pitch into the centerfield seats for his second home run of the season. McCoslin would add a run to close out the inning. In the sixth, Whaley had a leadoff single and McGlone reached on an error and Whaley and Jones scored.
(Above) WORTHAM BULLDOGS BASEBALL TEAM including three generations of Tobolas.
Later in the inning Shivers hit a long fly to deep right center for a ground rule double which scored McCoslin and Ryan Mao. Anthony Perez cleaned up after that with a run scoring single down the left field line for the 16-1 finish. Whaley, McGlone and McCoslin each had two hits for Wortham in the win.
(Left) Ethan McCoslin with a great play from Third Base to First Base to help with the win over Frost Friday night.
The Fairfield Eagles finished fourth in their district and took on top ten Robinson Rockets in the bi-district round. Robinson travelled to Fairfield for a scheduled doubleheader on Friday. Game one was a dominating win for the Rockets in an 11-0 shutout win. Game two was much of the same with another 11-0 blanking of the Eagles and Robinson advances to the next round.
The Wortham Bulldogs advance to the area round and will take on the Bosqueville Bulldogs. The game is scheduled for a Friday doubleheader at Veterens Park at the Waco Independent School District site. A game three will be played, if necessary, at 10AM, on Saturday at the same site.
The Teague Lions will take on the Franklin Lions in the area round of the playoffs. Franklin took two out of three games to advance past the defending state champion West Trojans. The site has not been determined so keep turning the pages of the Freestone County Times for the latest in high school baseball coverage.