The Wichita Falls High School Coyotes are putting together quite the late-season run at just the right time, and they kept it going Tuesday with a 6-4 win over Lake Dallas to pull past the Falcons and into the 4th and final playoff spot in District 4-4A.
The Coyotes have now won three straight district games and five of six overall, improving their overall record to 18-12, and 5-5 in 4-4A action.
Since their loss at Lake Dallas on March 25, the Coyotes are 7-3, with their losses coming to first-place Rider, at second-place The Colony and at non-district Fort Worth Paschal.
The Coyotes took the lead in the second inning when Bucky Daws and Eric Cantu singled, then after a fielder's choice put runners on the corners, a wild pitch brought home Clayton Shaw, courtesy-running for the pitcher Daws, with the game's first run.
Even after climbing into playoff position, the work is far from done for the Coyotes. They still need to travel to Denton Ryan on Friday to try to back up their home win back on March 29, which really kick-started their current run. Griffin Russell, who no-hit the Raiders that night, is expected to be on the mound again.
Then, they'll wrap up the season a week from then when they face rival Rider at Hoskins with a special 7:30 start time.
Rider's game at The Colony was postponed due to rain in the area, and will be made up Wednesday night at 6 PM.
The Graham Steers beat visiting Burkburnett 2-1 at Steers Stadium Tuesday night to remain in first place in District 6-3A, tied with Iowa Park.
Both teams pitched well, with the Steers' Kyle Scheriger holding Burkburnett to just three hits and striking out 13 Bulldog batters.
Marcus Jones pitched almost as well for Burkburnett, allowing just five Graham hits in the tough-luck loss.
Burkburnett closes out District play on Friday night, when they hold Senior Night at 7:30 against Bowie. They will also play a non-district game Saturday at Decatur, with first pitch set for 1 PM.
Graham closes their regular-season schedule Friday night in Wichita Falls against Hirschi. First pitch at Hoskins is set for about 7:30 PM, following Rider's game against Denton.
The Archer City Wildcats already had their playoff spot sewn up, while the Petrolia Pirates needed a win Tuesday night to make their road a lot easier.
Still, the Wildcats came out swinging, en route to a 15-3 win at Petrolia.
With the loss, the Pirates now must beat Olney on Friday in their second-to-last game of the season, then beat Poolville to set up a one-game playoff for the final District 9-A playoff spot, which again would be against the Cubs, as long as Olney can beat Bryson in their finale.