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By Jason Della Rosa Herald Democrat

FORNEY — The Cardinals aren’t changing their plan to navigate the bracket and as long as opponents keep sticking to a plan that hasn’t worked with each passing round, Pottsboro is more than happy to stick with its winning formula.

White Oak saved its top two pitchers to try and win a double-header — a thought many foes have followed against the Cardinals in the playoffs — rather to try to match up against Barrett Kent in Game 1. But Aaron Massie has foiled those plans for the last three weeks and he did it again by throwing a two-hitter with five strikeouts and a walk and also was 2-for-3 and waked as the Cardinals defeated White Oak, 3-1, to sweep a Class 3A Region II semifinal series at North Forney.

“They had a plan. White Oak’s a real good program and they were doing what they felt was best,” PHS head coach Donny McEwan said. “We had a plan also and were able to execute. That’s playoff baseball right there.”

Pottsboro (30-8) will face Gunter (34-1) in a region final series at Coppell. Game 1 is at 1 p.m. on Wednesday; Game 2 is at 1 p.m. on Thursday and Game 3, if needed, is at 1 p.m. on Friday. It is the first appearance in the fifth round for the Cardinals since 2015. It will be an all-District 11- 3A affair for a berth at the state tournament and guarantee a spot for a Texoma team in the final four for the fifth time in the last six tournaments.

“It means a lot for us,” junior catcher Jay Bradley said. “There’s a lot of hard work that goes into this. I can’t say enough for how this team has come together.”

Jaxson Jester was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Jake Kubik doubled, walked, drove in a run and scored and Reid Thompson was 2-for-4 for Pottsboro.

Gavin Bzdil and Landon Anderson singled, Tyler Puckett walked and Breyden White drove in a run for White Oak, which was trying to make the region final for the first time since 2018.

Anderson got the Game 2 start and the Roughnecks were planning to turn to Gavyn Jones, who returned from injury to throw a no-hitter in the region quarterfinals, for the deciding third game.

Jones did end up pitching — the top of the seventh to keep the deficit at two.

All four of Massie’s victories have sent the Cardinals into the next round and he has allowed a total of four runs. The Roughnecks had swept West Rusk last round by a combined 23-0 margin and had scored at least eight runs in four of its last five games but couldn’t solve Kent in the opener, as he threw a two-hit shutout, and then Massie with their season on the line.

Bradley has had a front-row seat behind the plate during this deep push.

“He relied more on his secondary pitches and fooling guys,” he said. “I think it’s trusting the scouting report and attacking the weaknesses of the hitters. We’re good at not wasting pitches.”

White Oak’s lone run came in the fourth inning. Anderson opened with a single up the middle and Puckett walked. Courtesy runner Riley Webb took third on a wild pitch and White grounded into a fielder’s choice at short to get the Roughnecks on the board.

But White would be the last base runner for White Oak. Massie got a flyout and groundout to second to limit the damage and then struck out the side in the fifth to go with setting down the Roughnecks in order in both the sixth and seventh innings to secure the sweep.

“Aaron Massie’s a special young man,” McEwan said. “It was quality pitch-calling between Jay Bradley and Aaron Massie.”

Massie got an inning-ending double play after Bzdil’s one-out single in the first, and then worked around a two-out walk by Creager in the second and a leadoff error in the third when Jones lined out to first with Jester reaching up to snag the potential extra-base hit.

In the fourth, Massie led off with a single and courtesy runner Tate Dudley took second on a wild pitch. Kubik doubled past third base for the first run of the frame and then Jester came through again with an RBI single to right and a 3-0 advantage. A double play to end the inning thwarted a bigger outburst.

The Cardinals had runners on in every inning and stranded 10 — six in scoring position — and made two other outs on the base paths.

Pottsboro, which left the bases loaded in the first, took a 1-0 lead the following inning with a twoout rally. Ryan Hicks and Kubik walked before Jester’s RBI single to left. He took second thanks to an error on the play but Anderson got a strikeout to keep the margin manageable.

The two-out rally in the opening inning came when Thompson singled, Kent was intentionally walked and Jett Carroll walked but Anderson, who struck out four and walked five in six innings, managed to wriggle out of the jam.

CLASS 3A REGION II SEMIFINALS GAME 2: Pottsboro 3, White Oak 1 (Pottsboro wins series 2-0)



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