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).
Ryan sophomore shortstop Manny Torralba is much better today after taking a hard grounder to the face, according to Ryan head coach Bret Warnack.
It didn’t take long for Ryan graduate Javy Guerra to find a new home in the majors.
Ryan graduate Javy Guerra was designated for assignment on Sunday night, according to MLB.com. (Morry Gash/Associated Press)
Major League Baseball’s opening day is only a couple of weeks away, but Ryan alumnus Javy Guerra was dealt some pretty bad news on Sunday.
Because of the inclement weather that refuses to leave the area alone, Guyer-Wichita Falls boys basketball game scheduled for Friday night has been rescheduled, according to the Record-Chronicle’s Adam Boedeker.
The two teams will play at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Guyer in the final home game for the Wildcats.
Coming into tonight’s games, two former area shortstops have fared well so far in the minor leagues in the summer.
Former Ryan shortstop Zach Voight and former Denton shortstop Hunter Dozier are progressing in the Rookie Pioneer League.
Dozier was drafted eighth overall by the Kansas City Royals in this year’s First-Year Player Draft. Voight was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 20th round in last year’s draft.
Both shortstops have been putting up solid numbers so far this season.
Dozier, who’s playing with the Idaho Falls Chukars, is currently batting .284 through 36 games. He’s hit four home runs and tallied 27 RBIs. The prospect also’s hit 17 doubles on the season, a sign he’s getting the hang of things at the plate.
Depending on how you want to look things, Voight’s been having the better summer. In 28 games with the Great Falls Voyagers, the Ryan alumnus is batting .311 with five home runs and 22 RBIs. He’s carrying a seven-game hitting streak, but he’s batted .211 in his last 10 games.
Last season, Voight hit .339 in 20 games in for Great Falls.
If Voight and Dozier and climb out of the rookie league and jump up into Class A, they’ll join Abel Baker and Aaron Baker.
With the MLB First-Year Player Draft beginning this Thursday, more and more mock drafts have hit the web in anticipation of the big day.
If everything holds according to the sketched plans of the draft, the biggest local winner will be Denton alum and current Stephen F. Austin junior shortstop Hunter Dozier.
In today’s mock draft released by ESPN’s Keith Law (you’ll need a subscription to see the whole thing), Dozier is slotted as a first-round pick, going 29th to the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s a vast improvement from Law’s previous rankings, where Dozier was penciled in as the 53rd best prospect available for this weekend’s draft.
Dozier still has a year left, but it’s foolish to think he’ll be back for a senior year considering where he could potentially be drafted.
Law was one of 50 to 60 scouts who were at the Southland Conference Tournament to watch Oral Roberts and SFA face-off in the first round of the conference tournament. Those scouts saw Dozier go 1-for-3 against Oral Roberts pitcher Alex Gonzalez.
Gonzalez, who Law has going No.15 overall to Arizona, allowed seven hits and two earned runs in six innings.
We’ll be tracking Thursday’s events, watching to see if Dozier ends up becoming one of the highest drafted products out of a Denton ISD high school.
Pilot Point pitcher Skylar Cagle, seen here against Ponder, pitched her third no-hitter of the year in Game 1 of Pilot Point's series win against Commerce. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
At the start of the weekend, two area baseball teams and two area softball teams were still in the hunt to reach the state tournament.
At the end of the weekend, Pilot Point’s softball team was the lone team still clinging to state tournament aspirations.
Pilot Point is one of eight teams left in the Class 2A playoffs after the Lady Cats swept Commerce in the 2A regional semifinals. Sanger’s softball team was eliminated by Van, while Krum and Argyle’s teams got knocked out of the 3A baseball playoffs.
Let’s recap the weekend.
Krum's Ty Damron fanned 17 batters and pitched a no-hitter against Celina last night . Krum won 11-0 and advanced to the area round of the playoffs. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Can we just talk about what happened last night?
No, I’m not referencing what happened on American Idol or Grey’s Anatomy (if people still watch those shows).
Last night in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs, Krum lefty pitcher Ty Damron struck out 17 batters and pitched an abbreviated no-hitter in a 11-0 victory over Celina.
Since Krum scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and the Bobcats were leading by more than 10 runs, the game was called after the sixth, so Damron didn’t get to pitch all seven innings.
But let’s dwell on this for a little bit.
Lake Dallas junior Jackson Owens catches Guyer senior Cole Wessling (3) in a rundown at third on March 19 in Corinth. Both teams face uncertain postseason futures with one game remaining in the regular season. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)
Oh, what a difference a week can make.
At this time last week, Guyer and Wichita Falls Rider were tied for the lead in the jumbled mess that is District 5-4A baseball. Rider won that game, and has since clinched the 5-4A title. The Raiders are the only team to have clinched a playoff spot out of the district with one game to play. Now, Guyer is one more loss from the possibility of missing the playoffs. Lake Dallas is also in the mix and with a win Friday could end up playing in a play-in game for the fourth seed in the playoffs, which begin next week.
It’s simple for both teams: Win on Friday and you’re in good shape. Lose, and things get hairy. If Lake Dallas loses to Azle on Friday, the Falcons will miss the playoffs after such a promising start to the district slate. If the Falcons win, they’ll likely play a play-in game against the same Azle team the following day.
For Guyer, it’s a little safer bet to make the postseason. A win on Friday against Brewer, and the Wildcats could finish anywhere from the No. 2 seed to the fourth seed, depending on other results involving Byron Nelson and Lake Dallas-Azle. A loss to Brewer, and the Wildcats could finish second, third, fourth or even fifth and miss out on the postseason altogether, a week after being in first place.
With school testing going on this week, teams can’t play until Friday, when the regular season will come to an end. Needless to say, it’ll be an interesting night in 5-4A baseball.