Thursday, May 10, 2012
Baseball notes: Rematches loom in area round
By Travis L. Brown
Frisco Centennial and Dallas Hillcrest have a lot at stake in their area-round matchup.
Centennial drew the short end of the stick last season, facing a strong Highland Park squad in the first round that sent the team packing after one quick game.
Centennial finished 2012 as the second seed in District 9-4A behind Frisco Wakeland and has a playoff win under its belt, but Hillcrest stands in the way of a long-overdue playoff run.
Hillcrest took the District 12-4A crown this season, running the table in one of the area’s weaker districts. However, Hillcrest has playoff experience from a run to the regional quarterfinals last season that took a talented Rockwall-Heath team to the third game in a best-of-3 series.
The winner of this area-round duel will then potentially face Rockwall-Heath in the regional quarterfinal next week.
Highland Park, Wakeland headed for rematch
In one of the more epic wins of the playoffs last season, Frisco Wakeland knocked off Highland Park on a two-run, walk-off homer in the third game of the regional quarterfinals.
Those two are one win away from another meeting in the same round this season.
Highland Park eked past Carrollton Creekview in the bi-district round, 1-0, and has North Dallas in its sights this weekend.
Wakeland found late life against McKinney North, taking the third game of the series 13-0 after two close games to begin the series. It will face Dallas Bryan Adams in the area round.
Class 5A Region I bracket heating up
Before the playoffs began, Arlington Martin head coach Curt Culbertson said the lack of DFW schools deep in the baseball playoffs was due, in part, to Metroplex teams falling to other local teams early in the brackets.
This year is no different.
The bottom of the Region I bracket will see two strong DFW teams fall at the hands of another North Texas team.
District 7-5A champion Southlake Carroll will face District 6-5A runner up Grapevine in area-round action this weekend. Also, District 8-5A runner up Flower Mound and District 5-5A champ Mansfield face off to play the winner of Carroll and Grapevine.
The setup will leave just one Metroplex team with the chance to advance to the bottom region semifinal in Region I.