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.
Saturday 12:00 (If necessary)
Van Alstyne (12-10-1)(8-4) vs Pottsboro (15-8)(11-3)
Saturday 1:00 (If necessary)