With just a number of weeks left in the regular season of Texas high school baseball, several area teams are in the process of improving their playoff positioning as the stretch drive draws near.
In fact, three area teams picked up impressive 2-0 weeks to greatly increase their postseason chances.
Coming into this past week, in District 21-5A, the Humble Wildcats were tied for third and the Kingwood Park Panthers were sitting just outside the playoff picture.
One week later and they are both in the top four of the district.
The Humble Wildcats had a very tough road to win both their match ups with a New Caney team also fighting for a potential playoff spot. After a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Humble, the teams met again at New Caney last Friday.
Humble took a 3-2 lead to the last of the seventh, but New Caney scored a run with two outs to tie the game.
However, the Wildcats held the score at 3-3 and then scored in the top of the eighth and held on from there for a 4-3 victory which improved their district mark to 8-3, in third place.
The Panthers of Kingwood Park had a much less stressful week in their two wins, winning 3-1 and 8-2 over Dayton. That, combined with Splendora’s two losses to undefeated Barbers Hill, leapt the Panthers into fourth in 21-5A at 7-4.
Not to be outdone, in 21-6A, the Atascocita Eagles have put together a seven-game winning streak since a 3-2 home loss to Kingwood.
And the seventh win came last Friday in a much anticipated rematch with the Mustangs, in which Johnny Petsch tossed a complete game three-hitter in a 6-0 Eagles win. The win ties the Eagles for first in district at 7-1.
This week, the Wildcats get Barbers Hill Tuesday on the road and Thursday at home, the Panthers draw Caney Creek twice with the home game Tuesday night and the Eagles host Channelview Tuesday and go to North Shore Thursday.
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