The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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April 30, 2014

H.S. Baseball and Softball: Dogwood Circle teams compete in playoff action

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PALESTINE —

 

CAYUGA

Another Dogwood Circle team will be facing Harleton.

Tonight at 6 p.m., Cayuga’s baseball team will take on Harleton at Arp High School. They will continue the three-game series at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by a game three if necessary 30 minutes after game two ends.

Cayuga coach Micah Blackmon said he expects Harleton to be good competition for the Wildcats in their first round matchup.

“From all I’ve heard, they’re going to be a good team,” Blackmon said. “They’re coming out of Carlisle’s district and that’s their only two district losses was to Carlisle who is ranked No. 2 in the state. They’re (Harleton) going to be fundamental and hit the ball. We just have to make plays on it. They’re going to have a pitcher who will pitch some tough strikes.”

Blackmon said he expects his team to come out strong against Harleton because of the strong practice they’ve had for the past week and a half.

“The intensity level from here on out has definitely gone up,” Blackmon said. “I think one guy that will be a key for us will be Colt Laughrey. If he can keep swinging the bat the way he’s capable of like the past two weeks, we’ll be in good shape. He’s the guy that will be a huge key for us.”

For the Wildcats, it will be a game-time decision for tonight’s pitcher and Friday’s game two, the pitcher will for sure be Jason Johnson.



PALESTINE

The Palestine Wildcats will face Diboll starting at 7 p.m. tonight in Diboll.

In the three-game series, Friday’s game will be at Palestine at 7:30 p.m. and if needed, there will be a coin flip for the site of game three.

Palestine coach Austin Evans said he knows what to expect for the Wildcats in their first Bi-District game.

“Diboll is a great team,” Evans said. “We expect it to be at least two action-packed games of really good pitching and defense. Both ball clubs are really similar, so we know there’s going to be a lot of strikes pitched and great defense.”

Early in the season, Palestine took part in a game in the GlobeLife Park in Arlington (Rangers’ Ballpark), and Evans said that game experience as well as the tournaments early on prepared the team for the playoffs.

“I think the focus level is going to be a lot higher,” Evans said. “These kids have been in some intense games so far this year. We were able to find games early on that helped us know what it feels like to have that playoff game atmosphere. Those games were really good for us. Even beating Fairfield in the last game of the season for second place in district was great for our guys. We’re ready for this.”

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