Last week, Diboll baseball coach Edd Trotter talked about his team’s goals.
“Our goal each year is to get to the playoffs. If we win a district championship then we win it; but, winning a district championship doesn’t always get you to Austin, and that is the goal,” Trotter said, responding to questions about facing Hudson in the regional quarterfinals. Hudson defeated the Lumberjacks twice during district play and was District 20-3A champions.
However, for the second time in three years, Diboll advanced in the playoffs with a victory over Hudson – this one 3-0 on Friday at Angelina College.
The Lumberjacks now face the Huffman-Hargrave Falcons in a three-game series at Adam Dunn Field in New Caney. Game 1 is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24. Game 2 will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by Game 3, if necessary, 30 minutes later.
Against Hudson, Diboll scored its three runs in the fifth inning. With one out, Sergio Castillo singled. With two outs, Isaac Hernandez drew a walk. Tony Hernandez then hit a single that plated Castillo with what would be the game-winning run. Isaac Hernandez scored on a wild pitch, and Eric DeJesus singled to score Tony Hernandez.
DeJesus pitched Diboll to victory, tossing a complete-game, two-hitter. He struck out two, but also walked two and hit three batters.
One of the walks and two hit-batters loaded the bases for Hudson in the final inning. However, DeJesus coaxed a groundout to end the game.
Huffman defeated Bridge City 5-4 in comeback fashion to advance. Bridge City led 4-0 through more than half the game.