Bobcats end deepest postseason run in team history

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The season came to an end last weekend for the Byron Nelson baseball team as the Bobcats lost in a best-of-three series to the Cleburne Yellow Jackets 2-0.

Coach Mike Killian said his team played Cleburne tough, but that Nelson was just overmatched by some very good pitching.

“We went out there and played well for the most part,” Killian said. “In the first game, we had the opportunity to go out there and do some damage early on and managed to tie the ball game. But then their pitcher settled down, and I think between the fourth and seventh inning threw a total of 32 pitches.

“We played as well as we could and just got beat. In the second game, it was a pitchers dual from the outset. Their pitcher was throwing strikes and did a great job of making us hit his pitches, and we came up short.”

The regional quarterfinals is the furthest the Bobcats have been as a whole, and while Killian said he is pleased his team got that far, there are some mixed feelings.

“To go three rounds is a good thing,” Killian said. “The coach part of me, however, is not satisfied. Tom Landry said that there is only one team that goes home happy at the end of the year, so I think it is natural to feel that way.

“Are we happy with what we accomplished? Absolutely. But do I think we can still do better than that? Absolutely.”

Killian added that his team owes a great debt of gratitude to this year's seniors.

“I can't say enough about those guys,” Killian said. “These guys are the ones that four years ago, we opened the school with, and they are responsible for building this program as much as anybody is.

“I am very proud of their accomplishments and everything they've done for the program.”

With just three starters returning next season, Killian said his team will definitely have its work cut out for it heading into the 2014 season, but said he is optimistic about next year at the same time.

“We have two outfielders coming back and one of our pitchers, who was our go-to relief guy, coming back, but other than that, we are graduating heavily,” Killian said. “Now, we've had a great year sub-varsity wise; our JV I team went 23-2-1 and our JV II team went 21-7, so we are looking forward to getting those guys started again next year.”

Killian said he hopes that his players take away one important point from this season.

“The biggest thing is, how much you put into it is how much you are going to get out of it,” Killian said. “I can't say enough about the way these guys bought into what we were trying to do in terms of working hard, dealing with adversity and going to the next pitch, which was kind of our mantra. They did a great job, and it allowed us to play well pretty consistently all year.”

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