Beating Jesuit in any game this season has been close to impossible. So imagine the task ahead of playoff opponents who must attempt to knock off the Rangers twice in a best-of-three series.
After racking up national recognition during the regular season, Jesuit begins its postseason run tonight as it opens a Class 6A Region II bi-district series against Mesquite at Tillery Field. The Rangers will host Game 2 on Friday as well as a third game on Saturday, if necessary.
The Rangers (26-1) easily rumbled through District 9-6A and carries a 17-game winning streak into the playoffs. Jesuit’s only loss this spring came to Bryan Rudder in a season-opening tournament.
The Rangers have enough depth in their lineup and pitching staff to match up with anybody. Kyle Muller has been dominant both at the plate and on the mound, while Nic Ready and Darius Hill also have hit well throughout the season. Harrison Folk has been Jesuit’s other standout pitcher.
The Skeeters finished fourth in District 10-6A during the regular season. If Jesuit wins this weekend, it would face either Waco Midway or Rowlett in the area round before a possible showdown with Highland Park in the regional quarterfinals.
It’s worth noting that Jesuit’s neighbor and rival, W.T. White, also will begin playoff action tonight when the Longhorns start a best-of-three series against Mesquite Horn. Tonight’s game will be at Jesuit before the series shifts to Tillery Field on Friday and Saturday, if necessary.
In Class 5A action, Hillcrest will start its Region II bi-district series against powerhouse Rockwall-Heath on Friday in Heath. The second game will be played on Saturday afternoon at Hillcrest, and would be followed by a deciding game if necessary.