Friday Baseball Preview: Robert E. Lee looks to move up 11-6A standings

Published on Thursday, 20 April 2017 21:40 - Written by

Robert E. Lee baseball has an opportunity to move into a tie for third place in the District 11-6A standings, but only if the Red Raiders complete a home-and-home sweep of North Mesquite on Friday.

REL defeated the Stallions 7-2 on Tuesday in Mesquite and the two district foes meet again at 7:30 p.m. at Mike Carter Field.

The Red Raiders (9-15) enter with a 6-5 record in 11-6A, with North Mesquite sitting at 7-4. Four of Lee’s five losses have come against league leaders Rockwall (10-1) and Rockwall-Heath (10-1).

North Mesquite has yet to face Rockwall this season.



It is a three-way race for the district championship with All Saints, Grace Community and Bullard Brook Hill all in contention with two games remaining.

All Saints (9-12, 5-2) can take a big step toward securing the title if it defeats the Guard (13-7, 5-2) on Friday. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. first pitch at Brook Hill’s Herrington Field.

All Saints used two two-run homers from Raul Martinez to defeat Brook Hill 5-2 in the first of three games between the two rivals to close out the regular season.

Grace (14-8-1, 4-3) is also in contention if it can sweep Bishop Gorman (1-13, 0-7) in a three-game series that began Thursday with a 10-0 Cougars’ win.



Whitehouse currently is tied with Lindale for first place in the District 17-5A baseball standings thanks to a 5-3 win over Corsicana on Tuesday. In the game, Wildcats senior Bryce Cundieff took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

Whitehouse (18-5, 6-1) faces the same Corsicana Tigers (16-6, 5-2) on the road Friday with a chance to increase their advantage atop District 17-5A. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tiger Field.

The Lindale Eagles blanked Jacksonville 8-0 on Tuesday with Kollin McCartney doubling twice and driving in two runs while Brad Burckel doubled, scored two runs and stole two bases. Colton Ramsey and Kale Walters combined on the shutout.

Lindale (17-3-2, 6-1) now hosts Jacksonville (4-15, 0-6) for the return leg at 7 p.m. at Eagle Field.



Kilgore sits atop the standings with an unbeaten 8-0 record, followed by Spring Hill at 6-2. That leaves three teams - Bullard, Gilmer and Gladewater - fighting for the remaining two playoff spots. All three of them are 3-5 as they head into action Friday.

Bullard and Gilmer have a chance to get a leg up on the other when the two teams meet at 7 p.m. at Bullard’s Panther Field. A win would cap off a strong week for the Panthers, who defeated Gladewater 5-3 on Tuesday thanks to reliever Jacob Johnson holding off a late comeback. Johnson also scored two runs for the Panthers (8-13-1).

Gilmer was stopped 9-5 by Kilgore on Tuesday despite the efforts of Bryce Burns and Kollin Hurt, who both doubled and tripled in the loss. The Buckeyes (11-12) won the first meeting against Bullard 9-1 on April 4.

Gladewater will look to bounce back against Chapel Hill (1-7). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Gladewater High School. The Bears (9-14) won the first meeting between the two 7-5.



Canton (20-4, 8-0) has clinched the District 14-4A title but still has a role to play in who makes the playoffs out of the league.

While Mabank (13-8, 5-3) has clinched a postseason berth and Brownsboro (11-11, 4-3) is close, Wills Point (8-14, 2-5), Rains (9-15, 2-6) and Van (8-14, 2-6) all could potentially sneak into the playoffs.

The league champion Eagles close the season against Brownsboro and Wills Point. The Bears also play Mabank to finish the league slate.



The Harmony Eagles (20-4, 10-0) need one more win or Troup loss to claim the District 15-3A championship outright, having already clinched at least a share of the title.

Troup (12-6-2, 8-2), which finishes against Arp (8-10, 4-6) and Winona (1-19, 1-9), can still put the heat on Harmony.

Arp will be fighting for its playoff life, knowing anything less than two wins will leave the Tigers out of the postseason.

Sabine (11-9, 6-4) and West Rusk (10-6, 6-5) need one win to ensure a spot in the playoffs while Winona and Cumberland Academy (3-13, 1-10) are merely playing a spoiler role.



With a perfect league mark, Overton (15-2-2) currently leads District 19-2A at 8-0, a game ahead of Union Grove (13-7, 7-1).

Following the Mustangs and Lions are Carlisle (7-9, 4-4), Hawkins (8-10, 3-5) and Big Sandy (8-12, 2-6). With two games left, Union Hill (2-11), a 1A school, is out of the running for a playoff berth at 0-8.