Pleasant Grove, Stephenville to join Rusk in state tournament

Rusk skipper Ross McMurry talks to his team between innings during the Region III Final in Huntsville on Wednesday. Rusk dispatched Bellville, 2-1, to move on to the state tournament in Austin. Texarkana Pleasant Grove (Region II) and Stephenville (Region I) have also won the right to join Rusk in Austin. The final spot will go to either Corpus Christi-Calallen or Sinton out of Region IV.

The blanks are beginning to fill up when it comes to the four teams that will be meeting in Austin next week to duke it out for the Class 4A state baseball championship.

Rusk, who has qualified for state for the first time in school history, clinched first, earning the Region III crown on Wednesday night in Huntsville by beating Bellville, 2-1.

Joining Rusk (27-7) in Austin will be Texarkana Pleasant Grove (33-8) and Stephenville (28-8-1).

Pleasant Grove swept cross-town and district rival Liberty Eylau 7-5 and 4-3 to claim the Region II title.

In Region I, Stephenville took two from Argyle, by the scores of 2-0 and 6-1 to advance to Austin.

The only vacant spot at the table is from Region IV where Corpus Christi Calallen and Sinton have yet to settle things.

The Class 4A state tournament is slated to commence on Wednesday from UFCU Disch-Falk Field at the University of Texas Austin.

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