LONGVIEW — To complete the regular season, the Whitehouse baseball team claimed its first district title since the late 1990s and ran up a 17-game winning streak. To begin the postseason, the Wildcats hope to keep the momentum going.

In the third meeting between the teams this season, Whitehouse (24-4) takes on Mount Pleasant (11-15) in a Class 4A one-game bi-district playoff at 7 p.m. today from Longview High School. The winner advances to meet either Forney or Round Rock Cedar Ridge in the area round.

“We’ve played well,” Wildcats coach Derrick Jenkins said. “I feel like we’ve played some of our best ball of late. We are starting to see a lot of guys doing what they are supposed to do.”

The teams split their previous meetings this year, with Mount Pleasant prevailing 4-3 the first time — several Whitehouse starters were still in basketball — and Whitehouse taking the second game, 5-1.

Tigers coach Aaron Pearson opted for the one-game playoff after winning a coin flip over Jenkins, meaning the Wildcats will be trying to even things up tonight.

Whitehouse sophomore Patrick Mahomes is scheduled to get the start on the mound after registering an 8-2 record with 74 strikeouts and a 2.05 ERA during the regular season. His counterpart is expected to be fellow sophomore Michael Kopech, whose ERA dipped to 1.75 by the end of the regular season.

“They’ve got one good kid on the mound that they have a lot of faith in,” Jenkins said. “He gives them a good chance to win. They are going to throw him one game and hope everything goes his way.”

Whitehouse’s lineup might be hard to contain. The Wildcats have found production at just about every spot in the order this season, plus have backups who can put the ball in play.

The top producers at the plate includes Mahomes (.405, 24 RBIs, 32 runs, 10 doubles), junior Jared Raabe (.463, 27 runs, 16 RBIs, five doubles), junior Aaron Clemons (.440, 27 RBIs, 27 runs, nine doubles, two home runs) and junior Michael Nuon (.352, 26 RBIs, 35 runs, 33 stolen bases).

The list also consists of senior Alex Rostis (.329, 24 RBIs), senior Correy Davis (.323, 20 runs) and junior Derek Clemons (.315, 24 runs, six doubles).

The Wildcats started the season without experience, but gained valuable experience during their first 28 games that they hope benefits them during the playoffs.

“We only returned four kids with a lot of innings,” Jenkins said. “When you are young, you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

In the meantime, other teams throughout the area are set to begin the postseason during the next three days. District champions in Classes 3A-1A received first-round byes and will start the playoffs next week in the area round.

The other 14-4A playoff teams — Nacogdoches, Pine Tree and Hallsville — begin best-of-three series today. Nacogdoches takes on Texas High in a home-away series, Hallsville meets Sulphur Springs in a home-away series (Game 3 would be at Canton) and Pine Tree faces Sherman at Mabank High School.

Forney and Cedar Ridge play a best-of-three series at Baylor University in Waco. The opener is set for 8 p.m. today, Game 2 is at 8 p.m. Friday and Game 3, if necessary, is at 2 p.m. Saturday.


Area High School Baseball Playoff Pairings

Class 5A

Region II

Bi-District

Robert E. Lee vs. A&M?Consolidated

(Best-of-three series)

At Veterans Field, Waco

Game 1: (n)

Game 2: 4 p.m. Friday

Game 3: 30 minutes following conclusion of Game 2, if necessary

Class 4A

Region II

Bi-District

Nacogdoches vs. Texas High

(Best-of-three series)

Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday, Texarkana

Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday, Nacogdoches

Game 3: noon Saturday, Longview HS

Whitehouse vs. Mount Pleasant, 7 p.m. Thursday, Longview HS

Hallsville vs. Sulphur Springs

(Best-of-three series)

Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sulphur Springs

Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday, Hallsville

Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday, Canton

Sherman vs. Pine Tree

(Best-of-three series)

At Mabank HS

Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday

Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday

Game 3: 30 minutes following conclusion of Game 2, if necessary

Class 3A

Region II

Bi-District

Spring Hill, bye

Crandall vs. Van

Lindale, bye

Gilmer vs. Paris

(Best-of-three series)

Game 1: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Paris

Game 2: 2 p.m. Saturday, Gilmer

Game 3: 30 minutes following conclusion of Game 2, if necessary

Wills Point vs. Ferris

(Best-of-three series)

Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday, Mesquite’s Copeland Field

Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday, Mesquite’s Copeland Field

Game 3: 1 p.m. Saturday, North Forney HS, if necessary

Mabank, bye

Class 2A

Region III

Bi-District

Troup vs. Hemphill

(Best-of-three series)

At Jim Reeves Memorial Field, Carthage

Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday

Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday

Game 3: 30 minutes following conclusion of Game 2, if necessary

Hooks vs. Edgewood

Grand Saline, bye

White Oak vs. Tatum

(Best-of-three series)

Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday, White Oak

Game 2: 11 a.m. Saturday, Tatum

Game 3: 30 minutes following conclusion of Game 2, if necessary)

Central Heights, bye

Mineola vs. Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill

Harleton vs. New Diana

(Best-of-three series)

Game 1: 6 p.m. Friday, Diana

Game 2: Noon Saturday, Harleton

Game 3: 30 minutes following conclusion of Game 2, if necessary

Class 1A

Region III

Carlisle, bye

Garrison vs. Grapeland, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jacksonville HS

Cushing vs. Slocum, noon Saturday, Pollok Central

Cayuga, bye

Overton vs. LaPoynor, 7 p.m. Friday, Brownsboro

TAPPS 4A

Area

All Saints 8, Fort Worth Southwest Christian 4

Houston Second Baptist 9, Grace Community 1

Regional

All Saints vs. Austin Hyde Park, noon Saturday, Waco ISD Fields

TAPPS 3A

Area

Bullard Brook Hill 11, Katy Faith West 1

Regional

Lubbock Christian at Bullard Brook Hill, 2 p.m. Saturday

TAPPS 1A/2A

Area

East Texas Christian Academy 3, Denton Calvary 1

Regional

East Texas Christian Academy vs. Bryan Brazos Christian, TBD

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