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Area Stick and Ball Roundup: Melissa Lives

And then there was one.

The past weekend’s softball and baseball playoff action eliminated most of the local Class 2A teams, leaving only Sunnyvale baseball alive in the 2014 University Interscholastic League Playoffs at that level.

The Raiders beat district 12-2A foe Farmersville two games to one and will advance to the regional semifinals where they will meet Hughes Springs. The Mustangs were District 16-2A champions, and they beat Edgewood, 6-4 in a one-game playoff to move on.

The Gunter Tigers, a team with only two seniors on its varsity squad, dropped a pair of one-run games to Grandview in the regional quarterfinals series to end their stellar season.

Coach Todd Hogan was upbeat, even after the loss, and looking ahead to next season.

In softball action, Whitesboro became the final area team to drop out of the postseason chase, losing in the semifinal round to Lone Oak.

The Lady Bearcats forced an extra inning game on Saturday in McKinney before Lone Oak’s Ashlee Isenburg hit a grand slam home run to propel the Lady Buffalos to the sweep.

Lone Oak will play in Van Alstyne’s district next season.

Melissa, in Class 3A, continued its postseason run, winning game three of the best-of-three series against Ferris and advances to the regional semifinals to play Paris North Lamar.