Two area teams have made it to the 3A baseball playoffs, with Tidehaven and Palacios both hoping to make big moves towards the state tournament.

The Tigers open the postseason with a bi-district round matchup against Nixon-Smiley starting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Flatonia High School.

Game 2 of the series will be on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Flatonia, with a possible third game following. 

Nixon-Smiley comes into the series with a 13-5 record and have won six of its last eight games to get the last playoff spot in District 27-3A. 

On Friday, the Tigers hosted Flatonia in a playoff warm-up game and won, 5-2.  Getting the win on the mound was Cade Galvan. And on Saturday, Tidehaven traveled to Weimar and won 11-4.  Gordo Moreno was the winning pitcher, while Bryce Galvan hit a home run.  

The Tigers finish the regular season 22-4 and are tied for No. 25 in the 3A poll after winning the District 28-3A title for the first time since 1999.

“We enter the postseason at the right time, going in with a seven-game winning streak and starting to peak,” head coach Eddie Russell said. 

Palacios will face Hallettsville in the first round of the playoffs, opening their series on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Palacios, with Games 2 and 3 at Hallettsville, starting at 2 p.m.

Hallettsville comes into the game with a 24-3 record and went 10-2 in District 27-3A to clinch the title. The Brahmas are ranked No. 9 in the poll.

The Sharks comes in with a record of 14-9, beating Van Vleck two weeks ago to clinch the final playoff spot in 28-3A. 

In a warm-up game on Friday, Palacios routed Ganado in a 13-1 win. Kolby Wilson hit a two-run home run in the game, while Wilson, Americo Pena, Cole Ellison and Slone Greaves combined to hold Ganado to five hits and 14 strikeouts.

Palacios has a very young roster that lack playoff experience, but head coach Hudson Bates is hoping that the team can play fundamental baseball against a strong team this weekend. 

“We just want to play clean baseball and have good pitching and put some quality at-bats together,” he said. “And who knows what will happen? It’s baseball, and Hallettsville is a good team, so we’ll see what we can do.”

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