Bearcats making first regional semifinal appearance since 1996

De Leon continues to taking its swings at reaching the state tournament when the Bearcats face Wet Texas in a best-of-three series Thursday and Saturday in Lubbock. || Flash file photo by BRAD KEITH

Flash Staff Report

(May 25, 2017) — De Leon is willing to travel a long ways – twice – when the destination is a round of the playoffs the Bearcat baseball team hasn’t reached in more than two decades.

De Leon is on the road now to face off with West Texas in game one of a Region I-2A semifinal series starting at 5 p.m. at Lubbock Cooper. But graduation makes this week different from the rest in the UIL Texas high school baseball playoffs, as graduation occurs Friday at both schools.Instead of a traditional doubleheader then playing again on, say, Friday, if necessary, the Bearcats will return to De Leon tonight so they can be a part of the graduation festivities. But first thing Saturday morning, it’s right back to Copoper High for game two at 2 p.m., and if needed, game three 30 minutes later.

For those not traveling to Lubbock, every pitch will be broadcast on 89.7 FM radio, known as Pure Country Radio in Dublin.

De Leon has faced elimination just once in the opening three rounds of the Region I tournament and survived a wild 15-8 game three against Stamford, which has championed the region and reached the state tournament five times since 2010. The Bearcasts then swept Forsan out of the area round and won the first two games against Hawley in the regional quarterfinals last week. All this came after finishing as runner-up behind Miles in District 7-2A. Miles was quickly eliminated in bi-district by 8-2A fourth place finisher Anson.

West Texas is champ of 1-2A and blew out Claude in bi-district before scratching out wins in two game threes in as many weeks against Sundown and Clarendon.

The winner of the series gets Albany or Post in next week’s Region I-2A championship, which also serves as a state quarterfinal. The four regional champs compete in the state tournament June 7-10.


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