The Yellow Jacket faithful will be feeling a little deja vu when Burkburnett and Stephenville play a post season game on the diamond in Graford this weekend. The Honeybees fell in a series to the Bulldogs last week in softball, but the Jackets are looking to even the score between the schools with a win this weekend in the bi-district round of the state playoffs.
Burkburnett finished third in district 5-4A behind Vernon and Iowa Park, who is thought to be one of the best teams in the state. The Bulldogs finished the season 7-14 and 4-5 in district.
“We’ve had the opportunity to scout them for two ball games and they’re a team that finished third in a tough district and are certainly good,” said Stephenville head baseball coach James Boxley. “They put the bat on the ball pretty well and they play pretty good defense. Their pitching is somewhat average we think, but they played in a tough district and we are going to have to play well to get out of the series.”
Even though the Jackets closed district play with a win against Brownwood to end a three-game losing streak, they’ve gone on to lose two straight, yet meaningless, contests against China Spring and Robinson.
“I think it goes with every game we play, we are going to have to hit a bit better with runners in scoring position,” Boxley said. “We’ve had a lot of guys on the bases lately, but haven’t gotten very many key hits. When we get the guys on we need to drive them in.”
One plus for the Jackets going into the postseason is that Boxley did confirm that key Stephenville pitcher Maddux Conger has been cleared and will play in the series.
Game one will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in Graford. Game two will be Saturday at noon with game three (if necessary) starting 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.
The winner of the series will play either Venus or Springtown in the area round of the playoffs.