Bobcats to fight for playoff berth in season finale Friday

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Thanks to a three-game winning streak in its last three district games, the Byron Nelson baseball team is in a three-way tie for second place in the 5-4A district standings and will clinch a playoff berth if it can pull out a victory in its season finale on Friday.

Nelson will square off with Denton at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at BNHS, and coach Mike Killian said in spite of defeating the Broncos 8-2 in their first game, he does not expect an easy victory.

“I expect it to be a tight ballgame again,” Killian said. “If you just look at the score in that first game, it is not indicative of how it went. We were actually down 2-1 in the sixth inning of that game. Denton has played everybody tough all year long.

“Their record doesn't really show how well the have played. Their district record doesn't really show that, but we are expecting another tough battle, just like ever other district game, and I expect us to be ready for it and come out and play well.”

Nelson defeated Azle 6-2 on Friday, and Killian said he got a really good effort from his hurler.

“We pitched really well,” Killian said. “Our pitcher Jeff Walburn threw a complete game. He had command of his fastball. By throwing strikes with his fastball, it forced Azle to expand the strike zone a little bit and really chase some sliders down off the plate.

“That really helped us out, because he had 12 strikeouts and really pitched a great game for us.”

The Bobcats are tied for second in district with Azle and Denton Guyer with one game remaining, and Killian said things are still very much up in the air for the postseason among 5-4A teams.

“The way this district is, nobody has actually clinched yet,” Killian said. “It all depends on the results of Friday. I like the way we are standing. In the standings right now, you want to be in the thick of things, and right now we control our own destiny.

“We want to give ourselves a chance, and if we win Friday, we are in. If we lose, then we are likely in some type of play in scenario for Saturday. I like the way we are playing right now. The team has always responded well when we need to get something done, and I can't ask for anything more.”

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