By ERIC VICCARO
The Bowie High School baseball team has put itself in a do-or-die predicament.
The Jackrabbits suffered an 11-3 loss to District 3A-8 rival Holliday on Tuesday night, forcing the team into winning Friday just for a shot at the postseason.
There’s a whole litany of playoff positions that could still shake out over the final day of the season, which was Friday.
If Bowie defeated Paradise, it would then face Henrietta in a District 3A-8 play-in game today at 7 p.m. at Hoskins Field in Wichita Falls. Heston Tole was set to take the bump for the Jackrabbits.
Also, Jacksboro played Boyd for the 3A-8 title, and the Tigers, Yellow Jackets and Eagles were slated to finish among the top-3.
“You have to tip your hat to Boyd and Jacksboro,” said Ryan Rogers. “They both had impressive seasons.”
Bowie would face Henrietta in the play-in game because the Jackrabbits would have swept the season series from Paradise.
Sure, Bowie opened up the game versus Holliday well – plating two first-inning runs. Payton Price smacked a line-drive single to score Gabe Allen – and later Imanol Walker drew a walk to score Tole, who also walked.
But, Bowie left the bases loaded in the first and the only other offense the Jackrabbits could muster was a Heston Tole home run to left field in the fifth inning.
Holliday answered Bowie’s call with a three-run spot in the first, and raised it with three more in the third. The Eagles were up 6-2, and the Tole homer still left Bowie in striking distance of a possible rally.
However, the rally simply never materialized. Read more, and see the complete box score and district standings, in the April 29 Bowie News.
Bowie’s Pete Cunningham tags out Zack Gowen from Holliday during Tuesday’s District 3A-8 game at Holliday. The Jackrabbits plated two runs in the first inning, only to see the Eagles respond with three in the half. Holliday defeated Bowie, 11-3.