Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 10, 2013

3A Area Baseball: Eagles to open post season with China Spring

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

CHINA SPRING — After receiving a first round bye last week as a result of capturing the District 19-3A championship, the Rusk baseball Eagles will get their initial opportunity to test the post season waters when the face off against China Spring at 6 p.m. this evening at the Cougars' home park.

Game 2 of the best-of-3 Class 3A, Region III Area series will take place at Eagle Park in Rusk, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, with a third game, if necessary, to be played in Rusk 30 minutes following the completion of Game 2.

Rusk (16-15) enters the playoffs having lost three of its last five games, including back-to-back defeats suffered in recent warm-up games.

The Eagles, who are coached by Jason Barnes, fell to Athens, 8-3, and to Huffman-Hargrave, 3-0, last Friday.

Meanwhile, the Cougars (24-8), who ended the regular season in third place in the District 17-3A standings, prevailed over College Station two games to one in a bi-district series.

China Spring, coached by Shane Keeton, won a wild and wooly affair, 18-17,  over College Station in the opener.

After College Station took Game 2, 9-4, China Spring bounced back and held on for a 7-4 win in the decisive game.

That's when Mason George hit a walk-off three-run homer that gave China Springs the right to advance to the Area round.  

The winner of the Rusk-China Spring series will move on to play either West or Carthage in a regional quarterfinal late next week.