Bobcats enter playoffs with fourth seeding

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The Byron Nelson baseball team defeated Denton 6-1 on Friday night to clinch a playoff berth, but that was only part of the battle for the Bobcats before the postseason begins.

Nelson, Azle and Denton Guyer were locked in a three-way tie at the end of the regular season to force a seeding tournament between the squads to determine playoff positioning.

The Bobcats lost to Azle on Saturday and will enter the postseason as the fourth seed from District 5-4A, but coach Mike Killian said the most important thing is that the team is in.

“We all finished up at 9-5 in district,” Killian said. “We had a mini tournament to determine final seeding, and we lost to Azle 8-4, but the big thing for us is we are in the playoffs.”

Killian said the victory against Denton on Friday was very important for his team and said it was impressive to watch his players rise to the occasion.

“We pitched really well against Denton,” Killian said. “John Caskey threw a complete game for us and only gave up three hits. We also got some timely hits with men on bases, especially late in the game, when we scored three runs in the sixth inning. It was a good all around performance.”

Nelson will open a three-game series with Boswell beginning Thursday, and Killian said the Pioneers are a team that his players know pretty well.

“We've had them in district the last two years,” Killian said. “We are familiar with them. They have a bunch of returning starters, which gives them pretty good returning team. Last year they were pretty young, and we had to beat them in a play in go get into the playoffs. They are a great ball club and it will be a good series.”

Killian said he does believe the competition his players faced in District 5-4A has prepared them for the playoff teams Nelson will encounter.

“Every game was a challenge for us in district, night in and night out,” Killian said. “It has been a very, very tough district season. I really like that aspect, because it gives us confidence as a team when we head into the playoffs in that we know we can win tough and close games.”

Killian said he is feeling good about how his team is playing as the playoffs get under way.

“I think we are playing well,” Killian said. “We've dropped a couple of games down the stretch that maybe we should have won, but the games we had to have, we won.”

The first game of the series will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Boswell High School.

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