Baseball Mohawks Set for Regional Round
The baseball Mohawks are set for regional tournament play this week, as they're slated to take on the Tuckerman Bulldogs in the first round at 10 a.m. Thursday. Despite rain in the region, site officials indicated early Thursday morning the games were on. The Tribe qualified for the 3A Region 3 baseball tournament at Palestine-Wheatley by advancing into the semi-finals of last week's district at Rivercrest.
Monday afternoon the squad played a tune-up game with Bay, coming from behind in the final inning to edge the Yellowjackets. Trailing 7-6 going into the home half of the seventh, the Mohawks took advantage of a hit and an error, scoring a pair of runs to post the win by a final of 8-7.
In the district tourney at Rivercrest, the Tribe beat rivals Corning to make it to the semi-final round, then fell to top seeded Walnut Ridge by a score of 8-3. In the other semi, Gosnell beat Manila in 11 innings by a score of 5-4, setting up the title game. In that contest the Bobcats rolled over the Pirates 13-8 to earn the crown and a favorable seed in this week's regional.
Lacking a third-fourth place seeding game, the Tribe enters the regional bracket as the fourth seed from 3A-3, and they will take on the champions of 3A-2—Tuckerman (19-8 overall). Weather and field conditions permitting, they'll play at 10 a.m. Thursday at Palestine-Wheatley. According to Coach Alan Rabjohn, senior Dylan Bellers will get the start on the mound. The other first round games included Gosnell and the host Patriots in the 12:30 p.m. game, Walnut Ridge and Cave City in the 3 p.m. contest and Harding Academy and Manila in the 5:30 game. The semi-final round is set for Friday, with the seeding game and championship on Saturday. The top four will also advance to next week's 3A state baseball tournament, being played at Harrison Parks and Recreation.