Regional baseball race down to eight

Eight teams remain in contention for the Class 5A Region IV baseball championship.

Four of the eight teams include District 30-5A’s Moody, Calallen, King, and Ray, while the other four teams include District 26-5A’s Kerrville Tivy, Dripping Springs, Boerne Champion and Medina Valley.

The field of teams will be cut in half through quarter-final matchups set for this weekend.

Corpus Christi Calallen, the team that recently beat the Uvalde Coyotes in bi-district play, will face the Corpus Christi Ray Texans in a series.

Calallen, 20-12-1 for the season, topped Ray twice, 5-1 and 4-3, in district action this year.

Last weekend, the District 30-5A runner-up Wildcats won two of their three Area playoff games played against the Mission Veterans Memorial Patriots.

The Cats beat the Pats, 9-6, in the series opener.

Veterans Memorial won game two, 8-4, but Calallen won the third game, 6-3.

Ray, 23-6 for the season,  swept Edcouch-Elsa, 2-1 and 5-0, in a pair of playoff games last weekend.

The winner of the Calallen-Ray series will advance to play the winner between the Boerne Champion Chargers and the Dripping Springs Tigers.

In district play, they split their two games.

The Chargers beat the Tigers, 3-0, at Dripping Springs, while the Tigers bested the Chargers, 13-1, at Boerne.

Champion smashed San Antonio Highlands, 8-0 and 8-0, in Area games last weekend, while Dripping Springs won two of their three series games against the Victoria East Titans.

The Medina Valley Panthers will try to do this weekend what they were unable to do in district action and that is to beat the Antlers.

Tivy swept both District 26-5A meetings. The Antlers topped the Panthers, 3-0 at Kerrville and 11-7 at Castroville.

Last weekend, Tivy, 26-4 for the season, won a pair of close Area playoff games against the Richmond Foster Falcons, 3-1 and 4-3 in a game that went 10 innings.

Medina Valley, 22-8 for the season, swept two playoff games, 5-4 and 5-3, over the Victoria West Warriors in Area play last weekend.

The winner of the Tivy-MV series will face the winner of the playoff matchup between the Corpus Christi Moody Trojans and the Corpus Christi King Mustangs.

Moody, the District 30-5A champion, beat King, 6-1 and 8-2, in district action earlier this season.

The Trojans, 24-1-3 for the season, crushed the Pharr Valley View Tigers, 10-0 and 6-1, in Area play last weekend.

King, 21-11 for the season, lost their Area series opener, 2-0, to the Rio Grande City Rattlers last weekend, but they came back to sweep a doubleheader, 15-2 and 3-0, to win the series.

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