Cleburne facing second one-game playoff in Class 4A baseball

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A one-game playoff in the area round of the Class 4A baseball playoffs isn’t what Cleburne coach Ross Taylor wanted, but for the second week in a row it’s what the Yellow Jackets (25-3-1) face.

Taylor said he lost the coin toss with Denton Guyer, leading to their choice of a winner-take-all game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fort Worth Arlington Heights.

“You’ve got to win one to win two,” Taylor said. “Overall, I think that a series really means the better team has advanced. It is what it is. We lost the flip and we have to play one game so we’ll show up and play or we’ll be sitting at home.”

Taylor will go with his ace Dylan Schneider (9-1), who started the Yellow Jackets’ 4-0 bi-district win last week against Fort Worth Trimble Tech.

Taylor said should there be inclement weather, the game will be moved to Saginaw on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

If both days are rained out, the game will move back to the original location, Arlington Heights, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Carroll catcher day-to-day

Southlake Carroll catcher Nic Motley’s return behind the plate remains day-to-day after recovering from a broken foot, coach Larry Hughes said.

He caught several innings of intrasquad this week, but still experienced some soreness, Hughes said.

Motley could see game time in Carroll’s area-round series against El Paso El Dorado, but Drew Brown will continue to see the brunt of the catching load.

Brown has been a key to the Dragons’ success, catching in all of Carroll’s district games en route to a district championship.

“If we hadn’t had him behind the plate all of district, he caught all 14 games, I don’t know where we would be,” Hughes said. “It would be totally different.”

Motley returned to the batting lineup in the last two games of district play and has played in the outfield since.

Timberview softball

Mansfield Timberview (25-6) enters its regional quarterfinal series against Lewisville prepared for low-scoring battles.

Timberview ace Mariah Denson (22-3) will face off against Maribeth Gorsuch in a matchup that Timberview coach Donya Mooney said features two of the best pitchers in the state.

“This is going to be a totally different scenario and we’re prepared for what could possibly happen with two of the best pitchers in the state going against each other,” Mooney said. “We’re expecting them to be really low scoring games.”

Mooney said the consistency of her offense through the season has prepared them for a series such as this.

TAPPS baseball semis

Two area private schools will play in the TAPPS state semifinals this weekend.

Fort Worth Christian (30-10) will face Midland Christian (34-8) at 9 a.m. Friday.

At 4 p.m., Colleyville Covenant (26-12) will square off against Lubbock Christian (29-9).

Both games will be played at Waco ISD Sports Complex.

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