Eagles to be tested against Alice

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I went to see the Pleasanton Eagles defeat the Carrizo Springs Wildcats 11-1 Friday night in the opening bi-district round of baseball and now I can’t wait to see them play Alice in the next round.

It looks to me like we have a pretty good Eagle team this year just from watching them Friday night, although the opposition left much to be desired. The Eagles (now 25-7) had an easy time of it Friday and Saturday as they closed out the Wildcats 16-1 on Saturday and now will face a good Alice team that finished in a tie for second in their district behind state-ranked Calallen.

According to Sports Editor Sam Fowler, Carrizo Springs finished fourth in their district with an overall record of 2-19 and earned the pleasure of playing Pleasanton in the playoffs. Somehow that doesn’t make much sense to me. The Eagles didn’t even break a sweat as they rolled over the Wildcats and played the game like a warmup. Pleasanton coach Lance Standley took advantage by using three pitchers Friday night and five on Saturday and played as many players as possible in the two games. It doesn’t seem fair to me that a team with a poor record like Carrizo Springs’ should play a team the caliber of the Eagles in the playoffs and maybe the UIL should take a look at that.

On the other hand it appears the Alice Coyotes are a talented group and will give the Eagles a good test. The Coyotes defeated a good Hidalgo team (17-3) 14-1 and 14-9 in their bi-district encounter and will be here in Pleasanton Friday night for the opening round of the area playoff. Alice finished in a three-way tie for second in their district with Robstown and Tuloso-Midway.

My wife and I have made plans to go to Alice on Friday and take in the second game between the Eagles and Coyotes just like we used to do when our kids were playing. She went to see the Eagles play Friday night and it didn’t take long for her to get interested. We may even stay in Alice for the weekend since it’s my birthday.

Good luck Eagles!

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