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Golden Tor senior catcher Aaron Villalobos app;lies the tag to this Bushland base runner at home plate during Friday;'s baseball playoff games.
OUT AT HOME Golden Tor senior catcher Aaron Villalobos app;lies the tag to this Bushland base runner at home plate during Friday;'s baseball playoff games.

The Bushland Falcons came into this weekend’s state high school baseball playoffs as one of the state’s hottest on the diamond.
Unfortunately, the No. 6 state-ranked Falcons still have not been beat in nearly two months now, but they first had to hold off a gutsy Golden Tor effort on Friday at Lubbock Cooper’s First United Park.
After getting run-ruled twice by Bushland in last year’s season bi-district finale, Coach Bobby Alvarez battled the high-flying Falcons pretty much on even grounds for the better part of 12 innings in the playoff re-match at Woodrow. 
It was not quite enough as Bushland advances to the area round with a 7-5 and then 18-8 victories in the bi-district sweep.
“Again, our guys did all which was asked of them. Our kids fought their tails off. We just weren’t able to get that one big hit or get that one big out when we really needed it. Bushland’s good – really good, but our guys proved that we can play pretty good baseball ourselves” Coach Alvarez said. 
“We challenged our guys coming up here. Our guys stepped up and met that challenge!”
Finishing their second straight season in the state playoffs, the  Golden Tors finished at 15-13.
“Again, we’re real proud of our guys. No. 1 for accepting me, especially our seniors. Overall, it’s been a good year – not a bad start,” Alvarez said.
There was very little suspense in the first game of last year’s bi-district battle after the Falcons erupted for nine runs in the first innings of a game that Bushland ended up rolling to a 22-1 shellacking.
Friday’s bi-district re-match remained scoreless until the bottom half of the third inning. The Falcons scored the first three runs in Friday’s first game 
with three runs in the bottom half of the third inning,

 

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