Bulldogs busting at the seams

Waiting for first playoff opponent, Thorndale has scored 53 runs in three games

Thorndale third baseman Shea Maupin lunges to make a play in the Bulldogs’ 14-9 come-from-behind victory over Leon in a warmup game. Thorndale third baseman Shea Maupin lunges to make a play in the Bulldogs’ 14-9 come-from-behind victory over Leon in a warmup game. THORNDALE—To say the Thorndale Bulldogs are ready for the state playoffs to get underway would be a vast understatement.

In their past three outings, the bloodthirsty Bulldogs have scored 53 runs on their unwitting opponents and have reeled off nine straight wins

Thorndale (18-9) will face the winner of the Shiner-Burton contest next weekend.

The Bulldogs had another warmup game with Bosqueville scheduled for Wednesday at Bulldog Field. Bosqueville is ranked No. 7 in the state in Clas A and is also waiting for a playoff contest in Region II.

Most recently, the Bulldogs rallied for a 14-9 victory over Leon which featured a nine-run fifth inning.

Of course, Thorndale and Sh i ner h ave a long a nd s tor ied playof f histor y toget her.

Thorndale (state champions in 2005) and Shiner (state champions in 2004) have a storied playoff history.

Should they meet next week, it would make the sixth year out of the last seven the two Class A titans have gone into battle. They did not face each other last season on Thorndale’s march to the state tournament.

They have met in the regional semifinals twice and the regional finals twice and each time, the winner has advanced to the state tournament.

The last time they met in 2008, the Comanches embarrassed the Bulldogs 14-4 in the first round of the playoffs, the earliest they had ever met.

Region IV is devoid of ranked teams with the exception of LaPryor, which despite the fact it finished second to D’Hanis in District 30, is ranked No. 10.

Region II however, is lousy with higher echelon teams with four earning top 10 status.

The current top ranked team, Overton, is in Region III.


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