CORSICANA — Whitehouse spotted Mount Pleasant a three-run lead in the opening round of the playoffs last week. But the Wildcats exploded for six runs in the fifth inning en route to a 7-3 victory.
Coach Derrick Jenkins expects his young squad to start better out of the gate in this weekend’s area round. The Wildcats (25-4) meet Round Rock Cedar Ridge in a best-of-three series beginning at 7 p.m. today at Corsicana High School.
“We started slowly last week,” Jenkins said. “In that first playoff game, getting over the hump, I think we got out nerves out of the way and I expect to start quicker this week.”
Forecasts for today are calling for inclement weather that could cause scheduling problems throughout the state baseball and softball playoffs. Whitehouse and Cedar Ridge would play a one-game playoff Saturday if tonight’s game gets rained out.
Whitehouse junior Alex Rostis and sophomore Jake Parker provided the big hits against upset-minded Mount Pleasant, which finished the season 9-16-1. Rostis recorded a two-RBI triple to get the Wildcats on the board at 3-2, while Parker supplied a game-tying RBI single and another RBI single in the sixth to pad the lead.
The Wildcats lineup will be counted on once again against Cedar Ridge (19-11), which rolled past Forney 12-0 in the opening round. The Raiders scored four runs in the first and eight in the third to put the 10-run rule into effect in the fifth.
Wildcats pitcher Patrick Mahomes will get the start after limiting Mount Pleasant to three hits while striking out 12 and walking five. The sophomore gave up an RBI double in the third and a two-RBI single in the fifth.
The second game between Whitehouse and Cedar Ridge is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Corsicana High School. The third game, if necessary, is scheduled to follow the conclusion of Game 2.
The winner of the series will advance to meet either Red Oak or Nacogdoches in the regional quarterfinals.
Red Oak and Nacogdoches begin their best-of-three series at 7:30 p.m. today at Longview High School. Game 2 is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at LHS.
Meanwhile, Lindale and Bullard will represent Smith County in the 3A playoffs this weekend.
Lindale begins at best-of-three Region II area matchup with Paris at 7 p.m. today at home. The series shifts to Paris Junior College on Saturday for Game 2 at 1 p.m.
Bullard faces Lorena in a best-of-three series in Ennis beginning at 7 p.m. today. Game 2 is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.
Many Area Softball Teams In Action
A long list of area teams are set for action this weekend in the UIL state softball playoffs, which has reached the regional quarterfinals round.
In Class 2A, a trio of state-ranked teams still have their eyes set on the state tournament as No. 6 Nacogdoches Central Heights, No. 7 Mineola and 10th-ranked Troup return to the diamond today.
Central Heights, which reached state a year ago, meets Sabine in a one-game playoff at 7 p.m. in Henderson.
Mineola begins a best-of-three series with Hooks at 7 p.m. in Hallsville. The second game is at 2 p.m. Saturday in Tatum and the third game, if necessary, is set to follow.
Troup and Woodville begin a best-of-three series at 7 p.m. at Lufkin’s Morris Frank Park. The second (3 p.m.) and third games are scheduled for Saturday at Morris Frank.
Harmony is still competing in the 2A playoffs as well and begins a best-of-three series with No. 4 Linden-Kildare at 7 p.m. today in Marshall. The second (1 p.m.) and third games are set for Saturday.
In 3A, seventh-ranked Henderson takes on Gladewater in a one-game scenario at 6:30 p.m. today in Whitehouse, while Rusk meets Robinson in a one gamer at 7 p.m. today in Malakoff.
In 1A, seventh-ranked Alto meets Avery in the regional quarterfinals and Martins Mill begins a best-of-three series with Douglass at 2 p.m. today at Bullard Brook Hill.
The second game between Martins Mill and Douglass is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.
Forecasts are calling for inclement weather today, which could push most of the matchups to Saturday. If that occurs, the many best-of-three series could be reduced to a one-game playoff.