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Braswell looks to prove it belongs in first postseason

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Braswell has proved itself all year, finishing second in District 5-5A and a win away from 20 victories. Now the Bengals will need to prove themselves worthy of uncharted territory.

The Bengals (19-11-1) open the Class 5A playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bill Carrico Athletic Complex in Game 1 of a best-of-three series against Aledo (21-7-1). Game 2 is set for 4 p.m. Friday in Aledo. If needed for Saturday afternoon, Game 3’s location will be decided on a coin flip.

A forecast for potential bad weather Thursday could lead to a schedule change that would bump Game 1 back to Friday.

“We proved we should be here [in the playoffs],” Braswell coach Donnie Watson said. “The team doesn’t want to just get to the playoffs. We have a chance to make a run if we play like we know how. If we do the things that got us here and not try anything outside of that, we’ll give ourselves a shot in each game.”

Aledo boasts a few talented players who could give Braswell some issues. Last year’s District 6-5A co-newcomer of the year Nathan Fingar is a strong sophomore outfielder who is just as solid in the batter’s box. Senior Hunter Rosson boasts a .368 batting average, and catcher Gehrig Mosiello is a wall behind the plate.

“All three of those kids seem to record a couple of hits a game,” Watson said. “They hit the ball really well.”

In Braswell’s three-game set against rival Denton, seven runs were scored between the two squads in the first two games before Game 3 turned into an offensive battle with 21 runs in a nine-inning affair.

“We need to pitch like we usually pitch, and if it comes down to it we’ll have to put the ball in play,” Watson said. “It should be a competitive series.”

 

Baseball Playoff Schedule

Wednesday

Class 5A: Ryan at Haslet Eaton, 7 p.m.

Thursday

Class 5A: Denton vs. Saginaw Chisholm Trail, 7:30 p.m., Southlake Carroll

 Class 5A: Lake Dallas vs. Frisco Reedy, 7:30 p.m., Plano East

Class 4A: Dallas Carter at Krum, 7:30 p.m.

Class 4A: Wilmer-Hutchins at Argyle, 8 p.m.

Class 3A: Pilot Point vs. Van Alstyne, 7 p.m., Frisco Liberty

Friday

Class 5A: Haslet Eaton at Ryan, 7 p.m.

Class 5A: Braswell vs Aledo at Northwest High School 3 p.m.

Class 5A: Denton vs. Saginaw Chisholm Trail, 7:30 p.m., Southlake Carroll

Class 5A: Lake Dallas vs. Frisco Reedy, 7:30 p.m., Plano East

Class 4A: Krum vs. Dallas Carter, 7:30 p.m., Dallas’ Pleasant Grove Baseball Field

Class 4A: Sanger vs. Carrollton Ranchview, 7:30 p.m., Melissa

Class 4A: Aubrey vs. Kaufman, 4:30 and 7 p.m., Plano Prestonwood Christian

Class 3A: Pilot Point vs. Van Alstyne, 7 p.m., Frisco Liberty

Saturday

Class 5A: Braswell vs Aledo at Northwest High School at 5:00 pm, Game 3 (if needed) will start 30 mins after Game 2

Class 5A: Denton vs. Saginaw Chisholm Trail (if necessary), 2 p.m., Prosper

Class 5A: Lake Dallas vs. Frisco Reedy (if necessary), 1 p.m., Plano East

Class 5A: Ryan at Haslet Eaton (if necessary), 1 p.m.

Class 4A: Dallas Carter at Krum (if necessary), 2 p.m.

Class 4A: Sanger vs. Carrollton Ranchview, noon, Fort Worth Brewer (Game 3, if necessary, to follow)

Class 4A: Aubrey vs. Kaufman (if necessary), 7 p.m., Plano Prestonwood Christian

Class 3A: Pilot Point vs. Van Alstyne (if necessary), noon, Frisco Liberty

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