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Baseball to fight for final playoff spot against Royse City

Parker Nolan
Junior Micheal DiFiore opens his glove for the catch as the Wylie East Raider crosses the base.

After keeping its playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 win over Royse City (18-13, 7-6 in district) on Tuesday, the baseball team (17-12, 7-6) will travel to the Bulldog’s home turf tonight at 7:30 p.m. with its season on the line. This highly-anticipated matchup will decide who advances to the playoffs and who goes home, as both teams are tied for the fourth seed in district.

“Mentally, we need to play this game like it’s any other game,” junior Jordan Yoder said. “We know it’s a big game, but we need to stay calm and confident in order to win.”

The Leopards had an impressive start to the series Tuesday night with senior Jacob Eschler on the mound. The right-hander yielded just five hits in a shutout effort, striking out six batters through six innings.

“Eschler was awesome on the mound, especially when we needed it,” head coach Jason Willson said. “We’ve been struggling on the mound, and he really delivered. We got in a little bit of trouble in the seventh inning, but [junior] Luke Stine came in and got the save.”

The Leopards tallied 11 hits, with three hits from Stine and senior Luke Howell.

The team has won four of its last five games. With Royse City on a two-game losing streak, Wilson feels confident in his team’s ability to pull out a win on Friday.

“I always think as a coach, you want to get better as the season goes on and be playing your best at the end,” Wilson said. “That way if you do get in [the playoffs], you’re hot, and hot teams tend to make good runs. I like where we sit; we just have to go out and play some good baseball.”

Wilson also emphasized the importance of having a calm and collected mindset heading into Friday.

“I think we need to play loose,” Wilson said. “Honestly, all of the pressure is on Royse City. They have lost two games in a row, and I think they are [pressing] a little bit. For our guys, we just have to stay nice and relaxed and not do anything out of the ordinary. Just stay loose, stay confident, and play relaxed.”

Being one step away from a successful comeback and snagging a playoff spot, Yoder added how impressed he was with his team’s willpower.

“Our team has been resilient these past couple of games,” Yoder said. “We have been able to win despite being down and have dealt with difficult conditions. I wasn’t sure if we had it in us, but we’ve shown to everyone, including ourselves, that we can do it.”

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Alexis Russell, Staff Writer
Alexis Russell is a senior this year, and it is her second year on staff. She mostly writes about sports, including volleyball, basketball, and baseball. Her favorite teams are the Mavs and Cowboys, and her most prized possession is an autographed cardboard cutout of Dirk Nowitzki’s head. Her hobbies include wake surfing, skiing, and sitting in her massage chair. Her all-time favorite movie is Dodgeball, and her favorite band is Del Water Gap. After graduation, she hopes to study International Relations at either UT or Arizona. She looks forward to a great year with The Red Ledger.
Parker Nolan, Section Editor
Senior Parker Nolan joined The Red Ledger in ninth grade and is now the paper’s Multimedia Editor. His hobbies include making music, photography, and borderline dangerous escapades (some consider him an adrenaline junkie). Parker is currently dual enrolled at Collin College for Emergency Medical Services education to become an EMT. His favorite movie is “The Italian Job,” and his favorite genres of music are alternative rock and rap. "Be the change you want to see in the world,” a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, is a phrase that Parker tries to live his life by. In his spare time, Parker enjoys working out, hanging with friends, and exploding fireworks. Parker can be described as sometimes chill, sometimes adrenaline filled, and a little too confident in his abilities.

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