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Meridian baseball goes to the wire

Meridian's Matt Rosas delivers the pitch against Moody.

by Brett Voss 

Going into the final week of the regular season, the Meridian Yellowjackets still cling to a glimmer of hope to advance to the Class 2A state playoffs for the third straight season.

But not only do they need to win their last two games against 12th-ranked Bosque County arch rival Valley Mills and Hico, the Jackets need fourth place Hamilton to lose at least one of their final three games to force a tie for the final playoff berth in District 14-2A.

Certainly, Meridian’s shocking and disappointing 15-4 loss to sixth place Moody last Tuesday did nothing to help their cause.

 

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Clifton runs through district

by Brett Voss 

Consider it mission accomplished. Competing in the District 19-3A track and field championships in McGregor last Wednesday and Thursday, the Clifton boys advanced nine athletes in eight events to the Area meet, while the Lady Cubs qualified seven girls in eight events.

In the process, the Cubs placed third overall by scoring 78 points, well behind district champion McGregor with 226, followed by Groesbeck with 91. The Clifton girls finished fifth with 63.5 points while Troy captured the district title with 128.

Wed
18
Apr
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Lady Jackets still in the chase

by Brett Voss 

After suffering a key loss to third place Moody last week, the Meridian Lady Jacket softball team found itself in a must-win situation going into the last two games of the regular season this week.

The Lady Jackets needed wins against Jonesboro Tuesday after press time and Bosque County arch rival Valley Mills while the Lady Eagles must lose their last two games to force a tie for fourth place in District 10-2A.

Moody (9-3 in district, 12-9 overall) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after three innings After Meridian (5-7, 9-10) responded with a run in the bottom of the third, the Lady Bearcats scored one in the fourth and four in the fifth before putting the game away with two in the seventh.

 

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Wed
18
Apr
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Meridian boys, girls advance out of district

by Brett Voss 

Although the Meridian boys and girls varsity track teams have been undermanned all season long, they mad the most of their opportunities at the District 10-2A Championship meet in Meridian last Monday.

And in the process, both junior varsity squad gave Meridian reason to be optimistic for the future.

Although the Meridian boys placed sixth overall with 73 points, well behind district champion DeLeon with 147, the Jackets qualified five athletes in 10 events for Area, led by the surprising De’Marius Parks, who won two gold medals and two silver to finish as high point scorer.

 

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18
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Cubs drop 2nd game to West, tied for top spot

by Brett Voss 

In a rematch against the team responsible for 11thranked Clifton’s only loss of the season, the Cubs could not solve the West Trojans last Saturday. And as a result, Clifton enters the final two weeks of the Class 3A baseball season in a virtual three-way tie for first place in District 19-3A.

West (7-2 in district, 14-8-2 overall) grabbed an early 2-0 lead and never looked back on its way to a 5-2 victory over the Cubs (7-2, 15-2-1) in a rain-delayed game.

“West was able to take advantage of early defensive issues we had with the windy conditions to take an early lead,” Clifton baseball head coach Brian Slater said. “We were very impatient offensively and not able to get a big hit when we did get runners on to get us back into the game.

 

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18
Apr
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Lady Cubs snap skid

by Brett Voss 

Despite battling the elements, the Clifton Lady Cubs softball team overcame the weather to snap a five-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 11-10 victory over Bruceville-Eddy.

After scoring six runs in the sixth inning to take an 11-9 lead April 6, the Lady Cubs held on when the suspended game resumed April 10 to secure the dramatic District 19-3A win.

Facing the playoff-bound West Lady Trojans, Clifton (2-9, 4-19) fell behind early and fell short, 7-4, last Friday.

 

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Wed
11
Apr
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Meridian boys, girls track host Jacket Relays

by Brett Voss 

In their final dress rehearsal for the district championships, the Meridian boys and girls track teams hosted the Jacket Relays last Thursday.

In what turned out to be a highly-competitive 21-team field, the Meridian boys only managed seven points as McGregor ran away with the team title, scoring 177 points, followed by Clifton with 75.

“The Jacket Relays were really competitive,” Meridian boys track head coach Chris Roberts said. “Our kids actually did well despite the fact that we did not place as many as we would have liked.

 

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11
Apr
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Clifton soars to top of race

Cubs take over sole possession of first

 

by Brett Voss 

By posting back-to-back run-rule victories to open the second round of District 19-3A competition, the 11th-ranked Clifton Cubs took sole possession of first place. Then on Saturday, the Cubs celebrated by posting a convincing 10-4 win over Class 2A’s sixth-ranked Bosqueville.

After making quick work of second-place Troy, 11-1, in five innings April 3, the Cubs had to outlast a lengthy weather delay to notch a 10-0 victory over winless Bruceville-Eddy last Friday.

Despite the long delay starting pitcher Carter Guinn returned to the mound to complete a no-hit perfect game, striking out nine in five innings of work.

 

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11
Apr
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Lady Jackets take it to the wire

Meridian softball in midst of playoff race

 

by Brett Voss 

Heading into the final three games of the regular season, the Meridian Lady Jacket softball team finds itself right on the edge of the District 10-2A playoff chase.

Sitting in fifth place just a game behind fourth place Bosque County arch rival Valley Mills, the Lady Jackets (5-6 in district, 9-9 overall) hope to still control their own destiny when they visit the Lady Eagles (6-5, 12-9) for a rematch in the season finale April 20.

But first, Meridian must play host to third place Moody (8-3, 11-9) in Tuesday after press time before hosting Jonesboro April 17 after an open date this Friday.

 

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Meridian baseball hits road bump

Jackets on brink of elimination 

 

by Brett Voss 

Despite wrapping up the first round of District 14-2A compeition with a pivitol victory over Hico March 26, the Meridian Yellowjacket baseball team has slipped into a three-game losing skid to open the second round.

Scoring only three runs in three games, Meridian opened the second round with a 6-1 loss to sixth-ranked Bosqueville before losing to Hamilton, 11-1, last Tuesday and third-place Crawford, 8-1, last Friday.

“It’s hard to win games when you’re giving up as many free bases as we are right now,” Meridian baseball head coach Ryan Moreau said. “We gave Hamilton and Crawford too many chances. We’re giving up too many walks, and we’re not playing good defense. That combination makes it hard to win games. We have not been hitting the ball well either.”

 

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