Brackenridge, Edison qualify with 28-4A wins; East Central downs Steele to extend playoff streak
TEAMS INCLUDED: Brackenridge, Burbank, East Central, Edison, Harlandale, Highlands, Jefferson, Kennedy, McCollum, South San.
Brackenridge, East Central and Edison all paved their way to the playoffs with wins Friday night.
East Central (20-6, 5-3) bounced back from a loss to Southwest Tuesday to defeat Steele (14-11, 3-5) 3-1 in Cibolo in a District 28-5A game. In 28-4A, second-place Edison (10-12, 8-2) stomped Burbank (3-17-1, 0-9) 25-4 and third-place Brackenridge (15-9-1, 7-3) defeated Jefferson (8-11, 4-6) 8-2.
Jefferson fell one-half game behind fourth-place Highlands (8-11-1, 5-6) in the battle for the final playoff spot in District 28-4A. One of those teams is assured of a playoff spot, although it may be determined by a fourth-place tiebreaker game.
The area’s other potential qualifier could come from District 28-5A, where South San (10-13-1, 2-6) dropped into a fifth-place tie Friday with a heart-breaking 4-2 loss to Corpus Christi King (12-18, 2-6) in Corpus Christi.
East Central’s win tied it with Corpus Christi Carroll (20-5, 5-3) for second place. Carroll lost 8-4 to Southwest, which clinched at least a tie for the district championship.
The Hornets broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the fifth inning. East Central also produced an insurance run in the seventh.
East Central outhit Steele 6-5. No individual statistics were available for the Hornets.
Edison 25, Burbank 6 (4 innings)
The second-place Golden Bears poured it on late as they clinched a playoff appearance with a District 28-4A win over Burbank Friday at Mary Ann Villarreal Field No. 1.
Edison scored six runs in the first inning and took an 8-run advantage into the bottom of the second. Burbank produced a five-run rally in its half of the second and closed within two runs in the third, after holding the Golden Bears scoreless in the top of the inning.
The Golden Bears erupted for 17 runs in the fourth inning to invoke the 10-run rule. Winning pitcher Celeste Vela allowed just four hits.
Brackenridge 8, Jefferson 2
The third-place Eagles took a commanding lead in the early innings of the District 28-4A game and responded when fifth-place Jefferson put up a fight Friday at Villarreal Field No. 2.
Brackenridge claimed a 4-0 lead through the first four innings. The Mustangs, who also have a high-scoring offense, cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth. Brack answered the two-run rally with four of its own to win its third-consecutive game.
Junior Alexis Berlanga was the winning pitcher for the Eagles, limiting the Mustangs to six hits.
Harlandale 13, Kennedy 11 (9 innings)
Both teams are eliminated for the playoffs, but they’re still battling for fifth place in District 29-4A. They’re battling hard, as evidenced Friday at Tiger Field.
The Indians (10-15, 4-8) prevailed over host Kennedy (5-14, 3-9) with four runs in the top of the ninth inning. Kennedy made a strong comeback, scoring twice in their half of the inning before absorbing the tough loss.
Harlandale struck first, taking the lead with a three-run first inning. Kennedy scored its first run in the third inning and built a 9-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Harlandale scored two runs in each of the next three innings to send the game into extra innings.
Neither team scored in the eighth.
Sophomore Breanna Heredia hit a home run for Harlandale, which moved into fifth by virtue of the win. The Indians finished with 16 hits and the Rockets compiled 15.
McCollum 8, Uvalde 3
In a matchup of teams that have already qualified for the postseason, the second-place Cowboys (15-5, 10-2) turned the tables on a Uvalde team (15-11, 8-4) capable of putting up big innings.
McCollum scored five runs in the first two innings of the District 29-4A and junior pitcher Kim Abundis kept the Lobos from mounting a threat. Brianna Kinnard and Valerie Lopez both hit home runs for the Cowboys, who had 12 hits.
The Lobos, whom Abundis held to five hits, didn’t score until the fourth. McCollum put up three runs in the sixth to increase their lead to 8-1. Uvalde scored twice in the seventh.