Guyer clinches a playoff spot out of 5-4A

Guyer first baseman James Farris (left) is congratulated by teammate Daulton Horton after a home run in Friday's win over Trophy Club Nelson. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

With the Guyer baseball team’s 7-2 win over rival Lake Dallas on Tuesday night, and a little bit of help from Azle, the Wildcats clinched a playoff spot with three games remaining in the regular season. For Guyer, now it’s all about seeding and pecking order, and well, trying to avoid finishing third or fourth and facing Saginaw Boswell or Birdville in the first round of the playoffs.

Guyer is now in second place by itself, and if the Wildcats can take care of the eliminated Wichita Falls Rider Raiders on Friday, will have a matchup for first place in 5-4A next Tuesday at home against first-place Wichita Falls Coyotes. Rider is out of the playoffs for the first time since 2001, according to our friend Zach Duncan at the Times Record News. Guyer already beat the Coyotes once this season, and with a win would have the season sweep.

Here’s a look at the current 5-4A standings with three games to play:

1. Wichita Falls (9-2); 2. Guyer (8-3); 3. Trophy Club Nelson (7-4); 4. Lake Dallas (7-4); 5. Azle (4-7); 6. Wichita Falls Rider (4-7); 7. Fort Worth Brewer (3-8); 8. Denton (2-9).

So, with three games left, Lake Dallas goes to Wichita Falls, hosts Brewer and then goes to Azle to close out the regular season. If the Falcons can beat the two teams behind them in the standings, they’ll be in great shape. Just one win in those last three would give the Falcons eight district wins and clinch a playoff spot. They’ve clinched at least a share of fourth place. The only way the Falcons don’t get in is if Azle wins out and Lake Dallas loses out, which would force a play-in game that would obviously have a chance of Lake Dallas losing.

Guyer finishes against Rider and Wichita Falls at home and then travels to Brewer to close the season. Win out for Guyer, and the Wildcats will be 5-4A champs.

So there’s your quick 5-4A baseball lesson. It’s basically set for the playoffs with the outside shot Lake Dallas doesn’t win another game this year and Azle wins out.

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