Baseball double dip


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Tonight is both senior night and the battle for the district championship for the leopard varsity baseball team.

Kevin Davis and Austin Mitchell

The end of the 2014 regular season is here for the baseball team as Friday is Senior Night. The countless hours spent practicing and preparing for games will culminate as they play their final baseball game at home. To make the night even more significant, the game against Wylie East will be for the District 13-4A championship.

“The seniors will be escorted onto the field by their parents prior to the start of the game,” assistant baseball coach Brandon Villarreal said. “We read their accomplishments and future plans. Then we are going to try and win that district title.”

As heartbreaking as it may be to be playing their last game at home, Senior Night gives the senior players a boost of motivation to get a win in their final home game.

“Playing my last home game on Senior Night is bitter sweet,” senior Bryce Lusby said. “It’s the last time I’ll take the field at home but getting a chance to play for a district title is a great way to end my high school baseball career.”

Wylie East is currently in sitting in first place in the district, and the Leopards are one game behind. With a win, the Leopards will be tied for first place, but will have the head to head advantage in wins against the Raiders.

“This is our last district game and whoever wins is district champion,” senior Tate Locklear said. “It’s my last district game I’ll ever play in so I’m going to play with no regrets.”

In the first round of district play, the Leopards defeated the Raiders 4-2, handing them their only district loss.

“We will have a lot of adrenaline which should help us tonight,” sophomore Jacob Parrott said. “The underclassmen will be playing for the seniors knowing it’s their last game at this field. Assuming we play locked in, we should come out on top.”