From Staff Reports
Jefferson High School completed the regular baseball season with a 13-8-1 record, following a crushing 17-4 loss to 15 AAA Champ New Diana on Tuesday.
A 6-1 win on Friday against Waskom, however, was good enough to claim fourth place for the Bulldogs and an invitation to the playoffs.
“Now we wait to see who we will face in the first round of the playoffs,” Dawg Coach Don Cupples said. “White Oak and Harmony have a district championship playoff to determine the winner of their district and we get the winner of that game.”
The game or games will be played next week. In the playoffs, schools have the option to play a best-of-three-game series or let a single game determine which team advances.
On Tuesday, JHS got off to a two-run lead in the first, but New Diana came storming back with eight runs in the second.
Blaze McMullen was tagged with the loss for the Bulldogs. TJ Foster had three RBIs on the evening.
“I am very proud of the guys’ effort,” Cupples said. “They played extremely hard and just couldn’t get the big hit for the knockout blow that we needed.”
The Dawgs failed to take advantage of opportunities to beat a quality club like Diana.
“Our guys didn’t quit and a lot of credit goes to Coach Martinez and Diana, they are 14-0 and the district champs for a reason,” Cupples said. “They are well-coached and do a great job of making you pay for every single mistake.”
On Friday, Mason Reeves went six innings on the mound to collect the win with three strikeouts.
Foster and Camden Simpson each had a pair of RBIs while Brennan Varnell had one.
“I am looking forward to the playoffs and see where we stack up,” Cupples said. “Once the playoffs start, all bets are off. It is anyone’s game at that point.”
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