PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

April 18, 2013

20-4A softball teams await playoff foes

David Coleman
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR —  Days after the end of the regular softball season for District 20-4A and the playoff picture is still muddled.

  That’s largely because of its bidistrict opponents from 19-4A, though. The three-way tie between Port Neches-Groves, Nederland and Vidor for second place was decided by the head-to-head records for all three teams.

  In that scenario, PN-G took the second seed from 20-4A by sweeping Nederland and going 1-1 against Vidor to finish 3-1. Nederland took third place by sweeping Vidor and getting swept by the Lady Indians, finishing at 2-2.

  That left Vidor with the short straw after putting up a 1-3 record against the other two teams and gave the Lady Pirates the fourth seed. Vidor now has a bidistrict matchup set with 19-4A district champ Barbers Hill, who is also ranked No. 1 in the state currently.

  The bidistrict opponents for Nederland and PN-G are a little hazier, however. Nederland will play the second seed from 19-4A. Currently, New Caney sits in second in 19-4A, but it still has a  game to play and only holds a one game lead on Crosby. Oh, and New Caney has to play Barbers Hill in that regular season finale.

  If New Caney beats Barbers Hill, it’ll clinch the second seed and will play Nederland. If the Lady Eagles lose to Barbers Hill and Crosby wins its fourth straight game on Friday, the two teams will play a one-game playoff to determine seeding.

  Bidistrict playoffs will begin on April 30 and district certifications on finishes have to be in by Tuesday, meaning New Caney and Crosby could play at any time before then to decide the seeding.

  The area baseball teams are still fighting for playoff spots, as all three try to close out the season on a winning note.

  Memorial (11-11, 3-6) will travel to Baytown Sterling tonight at 7 p.m., needing a victory over the Rangers to pull into a tie for fourth place. Sterling lost 5-1 to North Shore on Tuesday, while West Brook inexplicably lost 6-2 at previously winless in district Channelview. The Bruins and Titans sit at 3-6 while Sterling is at 4-6.

  Memorial had a bye on Tuesday, but played Kountze in a non-district game and won 2-1. Ramiro Sanchez got the start for the Titans, striking out 10 in six innings of work while giving up just two hits. Darien Scypion led the offense, going 1 for 3.

  Nederland (20-3, 10-1) has a lot of momentum right now after outlasting Port Neches-Groves in a marathon 3-2 victory on Tuesday. The Bulldogs will try to close in on a district title Friday, traveling to Beaumont Ozen at 7 p.m.

  Nederland needs two victories in its final three games to clinch the district title outright and will finish up next week against Lumberton and Beaumont Central.

  PN-G (13-11, 8-3) will try to bounce back from that extra-inning loss by hosting Vidor. The Indians are still alone in second place in 20-4A, a game ahead of Lumberton and two games ahead of fourth-place Little Cypress-Mauriceville.