The Lubbock High, Monterey, and Frenship baseball teams have all advanced to the area round of the Texas State Playoffs. All three teams are playing opponents from the El Paso area, but the games aren't being played in the Lone Star State. Instead, these playoff games are taking place in New Mexico.
"It is weird," Lubbock High baseball coach Steve Ribera said before the Westerns game with El Paso Eastlake. "The biggest thing is just meeting in a medium point. We wanted to go to Odessa but they thought it was too far so this was our best option. We'll play wherever we have to to get the game in."
Playing in New Mexico suits Monterey just fine. The last time the Plainsman played playoff baseball in New Mexico it spring-boarded the team to a berth in the regional finals.
"2010 is the last time we made a run here at Monterey and it started right there at New Mexico Junior College," Plainsman coach Kent Meador said before Monterey's game with El Paso Irvin. "That turned out pretty well so hopefully that happens again."
After playing a brutal 4-4A district schedule, these teams feel battle-tested to play any team, anywhere.
"After what we went through in our district schedule, playing the teams we played, we feel ready for anything," Frenship coach Chad Reynolds said before the Tigers' game with El Paso Hanks. "We're definitely battle-tested and we're excited to play another round."
Game one of all three series begins Friday night at 6 p.m. Games two and three (if necessary) begin Saturday afternoon. All games will be played in New Mexico.
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