District Champ Panthers Set for Playoffs

After claiming the top baseball playoff seed in District 11-5A in dramatic fashion, Hillcrest now turns its attention to bigger prizes.

The Panthers will be among the first teams in the Dallas area to start postseason play when they open a best-of-three series against Adamson in the Region II bi-district round on Wednesday at Higgins Field.

Hillcrest fell to Woodrow Wilson 6-0 in the regular-season finale on April 27, leaving the teams tied for the district title. But the Panthers rebounded with a 7-2 victory four days later in a first-seed tiebreaker.

The Panthers are led by left-handed pitcher Ryan Prager, a Texas A&M signee and MLB draft prospect who has thrown three no-hitters this season.

Jesuit, which won the regular-season crown in District 7-6A, will carry a 16-game winning streak into its playoff opener on Friday against Arlington. The Rangers (30-4) have Vanderbilt signee Jordan Lawlar on their roster, and the shortstop might wind up as the top pick in this summer’s pro draft.

Highland Park, the runner-up in 13-5A, will try to continue a late-season surge with a bi-district series against Midlothian starting on Friday at Scotland Yard.

Meanwhile, W.T. White earned the fourth seed in 11-5A and will meet Molina in a first-round series starting on Thursday. A complete bi-district schedule:

Class 6A Region I

Jesuit vs. Arlington

Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday at Arlington

Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday at Jesuit

Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 (if necessary)

Class 5A Region II

Highland Park vs. Midlothian

Game 1: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Highland Park

Game 2: Noon Saturday at Midlothian

Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 (if necessary)

Hillcrest vs. Adamson

Game 1: 7 p.m. Wednesday at Higgins Field

Game 2: 5 p.m. Thursday at Hillcrest

Game 3: 5 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest (if necessary)

W.T. White vs. Molina

Game 1: 4:30 p.m. Friday at W.T. White

Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday at Molina

Game 3: 30 minutes after Game 2 (if necessary)

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