By Josh Havard
The Diboll Lumberjacks’ baseball team gave the perennial state powerhouse Carthage Bulldogs their best shot before eventually being swept in a Class 4A Region III Bi-District playoff series this past weekend.
Diboll hit the road on Friday night, staying within striking distance for most of the night before dropping a 6-3 decision. When the series moved to Diboll on Saturday, the Lumberjacks couldn’t find the answers as they fell in a big hole early before dropping an 8-3 decision.
Cagan Baldree got the win on the mound for Carthage as he allowed six hits while striking out 10.
That was enough to outduel Kevin Hurley, who took the loss by allowing six runs in 2 1/3 innings. He had three walks to go along with two strikeouts.
Kyle Guevara led the Lumberjacks with a pair of hits, while Troy Davis, Bryson Crawford and Jarod Blissett each had multiple hits for Carthage.
Carthage was able to build on the momentum from its Friday night win by plating four runs in the first inning and four more in the third inning.
On Friday night, Blaine Tomlin pitched a complete game to lead the Bulldogs to a 6-3 victory. Blissett had a pair of singles, a double and two runs to lead the Carthage offensive attack.
Kyle Guevara took the loss on the mound for Diboll, allowing six runs while walking four and striking out three in a complete-game effort.
Sean Meyers led the ‘Jacks at the plate with a double, single and two runs while Guevara also added a pair of hits.
Carthage set the tone for the game by scoring three runs in the first inning. After Carthage tacked on a run, Diboll responded with a run in the third inning on a Guevara RBI double.
The Bulldogs eventually took a 5-1 lead before Diboll scored two runs on RBI singles by Andrew Rios and Guevara Padilla that made it 5-3.
However, Carthage closed it out from there to gain the 1-0 advantage.
With the win, Carthage advances to the area round of the playoffs where it will take on Groesbeck with all games being played at Mesquite Copeland. The series starts with a 7 p.m. game on Thursday and will resume at 2 p.m. Saturday. A third game, if necessary, would follow 30 minutes after the conclusion of the second game.