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SS, area teams in playoffs

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Playoff action for Sulphur Springs and other teams in the area will be fast and furious.

The rain is out of the forecast at least for a day or two allowed teams to get games in.

Sulphur Springs

The softball and baseball teams both have playoff contests coming up.

The Wildcats will play Henderson in a best-of-three series opening Thursday.

Game 1 is in Sulphur Springs at 7 p.m. Thursday; Game 2,  7 p.m., Henderson and Game 3, if needed in Sulphur Springs Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Lady Cats, bi-district champions with a series win over Kilgore recently will advance to meet Waco Midway in the area round.

The best-of-three game series has all games set at Mansfield Timberview. Game 1 is Friday at 7 p.m.; Game 2, Saturday at 4 p.m. and Game 3, if needed, same location.


The Trojans will play Avery at Tatum in the bi-district playoffs Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Cumby is 12-7 for the year. They will go with Tim Cook (7-2) on the mound in the one-game playoff.

Cook also is the leading hitter with a .558 average with 24 hits, 11 RBIs, 21 runs scored and 19 stolen bases. Tanner Gomez is hitting .394 with 10 RBIs, 17 stolen bases; Donnie Rodriguez has two homers and a .788 on-base average and 12 steals.

North Hopkins

The North Hopkins Panthers, 14-5-1 on the year under coach Tim Henderson, will be play in postseason action. They take on James Bowie at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mount Pleasant High School Field in bi-district competition.

The North Hopkins girls will play Dodd City today at 5 p.m. in a doubleheader in Bland. The third game if needed will be played at Dodd City, Friday at 4 p.m.

North Hopkins took an 8-1 win over Bland in Tuesday in a warm-up game. The Lady Panthers had 12 hits in the win.

Jessica Harry was the winning pitcher with four innings pitched, striking out two with two walks, allowing one run and one hit. Chastin Smiddy pitched three innings of no-hit ball with two strikeouts.

Top hitters were: Smiddy 3-for-3, three runs; Courtney Loper, 2-for-4, two runs; Harry, 2-for-3, one run; Liz Shaw, 2-for-4.

“We had outstanding  defensive on the infield, particularly by Harry and Smiddy,” said North Hopkins head softball coach Jim Westbrook. “It was a good win for us, we hit up and down the lineup.”


The Lady Lions will play at Princeton today at 6:30 p.m. against Lindsay in the area playoffs.

The game is a one-game playoff according to coach Garry Davison.




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