Bobcats down familiar foe to advance to area round

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The Byron Nelson baseball team squared off with a familiar foe this past weekend, and for the second straight season, emerged victorious to advance to the next round.

Nelson defeated Boswell in a play-in game last season, and in the bi-district round of the playoffs last Friday and Saturday, defeated the Pioneers once again in two straight games.

The Bobcats will take on Joshua in the second round of the playoffs beginning Friday at a location to be determined, and coach Mike Killian said he is expecting a challenging series.

“They have a quality ball club,” Killian said. “They won third in their district, and beat Arlington Heights two out of three games, which tells you a lot about them. It should be a very good series.”

The series will start at 7:30 on Friday.

Killian said he was pleased with his team's effort in the series with Boswell last weekend.

“I give a lot of credit to our team,” Killian said. “They had a great practice week. They were focused and excited about being in the playoffs. Boswell was a number one seed with seven of nine starters coming back. But they were in our district last year, and we felt we knew them pretty well.

“They were a great ball club. They hit about as well as any team we played all year and have good pitching. We were fortunate that our kids came to play and that we swung the bats pretty well ourselves. We got really good pitching on Saturday, and that was enough for us.”

Killian said he had a couple of players who had a strong effort in the Boswell series.

“Ron Romero, our catcher, was 5-for-5 in Game 1, with a home run, double and three or four RBI,” Killian said. “He has been doing it for us all year. He had been sick all week, and just came back to practice on Wednesday and came through in a big way.

“Si Alford was also big for us. He hit the walk-off double in the eighth inning of Game 1 to win it for us. John Caskey had a good series for us at the bat. He also pitched tremendous in the second game. Tyler Whitfield had four or five hits, Chase Collins had four RBI on Saturday, so it was really a team effort.”

Nelson lost a tie-breaker game to Azle just before entering the playoffs, and while Killian said he was impressed with his team's effort against Boswell in the bi-district round, there was never any concern on his part about whether or not his team could rebound from the Azle game.

“It was not a surprise,” Killian said. “Azle did win the game, but I think at that point everyone realized that we were in and it was just a matter of where we everybody was going to fall. Azle is a great offensive team, too, and they just had a great day that day.”

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