With six consecutive postseason victories to their credit, the Brownwood Lions are riding one of the biggest waves of momentum of any of the 16 teams remaining in the Class 4A baseball playoffs. But to make possibly the deepest postseason trek in the history of the program, the Lions will have to get past a team that’s on quite a roll itself — the Highland Park Scots.
The Lions (22-11) and Highland Park (32-9) will play a Region II-4A semifinals best-of-three series at Weatherford High School on Thursday and Saturday. There will be no game Friday due to graduation ceremonies.
Game 1 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, while Game 2 will start at 4 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if needed, will begin 30 minutes after Game 2’s completion.
Brownwood swept its second straight playoff series to reach the fourth round for the first time since 1990, while Highland Park defeated Nacogdoches, 13-0, Saturday night in the final game of their best-of-three series to advance to the regional semifinals for the sixth time in seven years.
The Scots have also been to the state tournament three times since 1997 and captured the Class 4A state championship in 1998.
Highland Park’s loss in Game 1 Thursday was its first defeat since March 24. But the Scots regrouped and outscored Nacogdoches 19-4 over the final 12 innings of the series.
After opening District 10-4A action with four consecutive losses, Highland Park has won 18 of its last 19 games. The Scots — who have not allowed more than six runs in any game during their recent streak — rebounded to finish in a three-way tie for second place with Rockwall Heath and Richardson Pierce, three games behind 10-4A champion Mesquite Poteet.
Poteet (30-4) will be playing in the other regional semifinal series as its takes on 15-4A co-champion Corsicana (25-5). Corsicana eliminated 16-4A schools Midway and Copperas Cove from the playoffs, while Brownwood knocked out 15-4A representatives Midlothian and Waxahachie.
The winners of the Brownwood-Highland Park series and the Mesquite Poteet-Corsicana series will clash the weekend of June 1-3 for the right to represent Region II at the Class 4A state tournament at Dell Diamond in Round Rock June 8-9.