With Lamar eliminated from the playoffs last week, three Arlington school district teams remain in the running, and two are slated to face off in a rare deep-postseason clash of District 3-5A rivals.
Sam Houston and Arlington, which took second and third place, respectively, in 3-5A, were set to meet in the Region I quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cravens Field.
It will be the third time the teams have played this season, with each team winning at home. Sam Houston won 1-0 on Feb. 7. The Colts came out on top 2-1 on March 4.
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Martin, last year’s district champion, is again enjoying a dominant season with three games left in district competition.
The Lady Warriors have yet to lose a district game and have scored in double-digit runs at least eight times in 3-5A play.
Martin’s final three games of the regular season come against Lamar and Sam Houston this week and Bowie on April 15.
While Martin leads the district, the race features a bit more parity this season, as Arlington has scraped its way toward the top of the standings.
One of the critical victories for the Colts was a 1-0 win over Martin on April 1.
Omar Salinas has powered the Arlington offense with a .486 batting average entering this week, fifth best in North Texas among 5A schools. He also has 26 RBIs on the year and contributes on the mound.
The top Colts pitcher has been Michael Swinney, who owns an ERA of 1.00 and four wins through 21 innings entering this week.
— Stephen English