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Baseball Bi-District Preview: Howe-Farmersville, VA-Pottsboro this Weekend

As you read this, the 2014 baseball playoffs will have started as teams meet in the bi-district round of the postseason.

The Howe Bulldogs, winners of the District 11-2A title, are playing Farmersville, the No. 4-seed from District 12-2A. Howe comes into the series with a season record of 19-5-1 and were 12-2 in league play.

Torrey Ognoskie is in his first season as head coach at Howe.

Jon Nordin, the Farmers coach, saw his team improve from a 2013 record of 9-18 to this year’s 22-7 mark. Farmersville finished the district season with a 6-6 mark.

Howe is led by Garrett Fulenchek, the Offensive Player of the Year from 11-2A last season. The big righty is a Dallas Baptist commitment, at least until the 2014 professional draft.

Parker Mason of Farmersville was the Offensive POY in District 12-2A last year and when not pitching plays shortstop. The team has a couple of wins against 11-2A competition, beating Pottsboro 10-2 and Whitesboro 7-1, both in a March tournament.

This best-of-three series is being played at Colony High School with games on May 1-2, with a third game on May 3, if necessary.

There probably want be any secrets in the Van Alstyne-Pottsboro series as these two rivals have been playing on a regular basis for several years.

Head coach Bart Williams was a former assistant to Jimmy Haynes at Van Alstyne, while Randy Matthews, Williams’ assistant, was the athletic director and head football coach at VA a few years back.

Pottsboro is a fairly young team which lost a lot of talent off of its 2013 squad. The Cardinals were able to finish second in 11-2A, losing twice to the Howe Bulldogs. Tyler Tuck, a lefthander will probably get the Thursday start and Pottsboro really needs to win the opener.

Van Alstyne’s season has been a roller-coaster ride for the most part, its longest winning streak being a five-game run that included a 3-1 win over the Cards in the GCEC-Panther Classic.

The Panthers appear to be a little deeper in the pitching department with Trey Burden, Will Jones and Brady Welch leading the mound corps.

Van Alstyne’s biggest win of the season had to be a 9-4 win in Gunter over a Tiger team that had pretty much dominated the series between the two schools.

The best-of-three bi-district series will be played at Sherman’s Fairview Park with games on May 1-2, with a third game on May 3, if necessary.

Baseball Playoff Pairings

Howe (19-5-1)(12-2) vs Farmersville (22-7)(6-6)

The Colony High School, 4301 Blair Oaks Dr.

Thursday-7:00

Friday-7:00

Saturday 12:00 (If necessary)

Van Alstyne (12-10-1)(8-4) vs Pottsboro (15-8)(11-3)

Fairview Park-Sherman

Thursday 7:30

Friday 7:30

Saturday 1:00 (If necessary)