Robert E. Lee baseball would normally be gearing up for district play with one more tournament this weekend and maybe a couple more non-district games.
But a 10-team district ends all of that talk.
The Red Raiders start District 11-6A play Tuesday with a home clash against Garland Sachse. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Mike Carter Field.
Lee (5-3-1) has had a see-saw start to its campaign thus far. The Red Raiders were kept off the diamond because of inclement weather many times through the last three weeks, but still managed to play 10 games. REL faced Forney twice and Nacogdoches once in the Rose City Classic, going 2-1.
The Red Raiders followed that with previously unscheduled non-district games against Mt Pleasant (Lee won 6-0), Sulphur Springs (Lee won 6-2) and Pine Tree (3-3 tie when time was called). Last week REL went 1-2 at the Waco Midway Tournament with its two losses coming against A&M Consolidated and defending Arkansas 6A state champion, Bryant.
"We need to regroup and get ready for the district stretch," Lee coach David Howard said following the AMC loss. "That is why we play all of these games."
Sachse enters with a 1-3 record as the Mustangs, like many of the DFW teams, suffered through postponements and cancellations due to the continuous inclement weather.
The Mustangs are defending district champions after going 11-2 in the Garland district last year before going two rounds deep in the postseason.
Lee is looking to begin league play on the right foot and hopes a lefty can accomplish that. The Red Raiders are starting senior Daniel Bogue, a lefty, who has been dominant thus far after earning all-district first team honors a year ago.