The area round of the playoffs is next for the Port Aransas High School baseball team.
It will be a best-of-three-game series against the Johnson City Eagles, with all three games to be played at Jourdanton High School.
Game 1 will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 13. Game 2 will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14. If necessary, Game 3 will be played 30 minutes after Game 2.
The Marlins qualified for the area round by winning the bi-district championship against the Premont Cowboys in a best-of-three series.
The victories came at Bishop High School on Friday, May 6, and at Flour Bluff High School on Saturday, May 7. (Play-off games are played on neutral fields.) No third game was necessary, as the Marlins won two straight.
“We played really well, minimized mistakes, which is always good,” said James Garrett, coach of the Marlins.
The Marlins won the first game by a score of 17-8. The next matchup resulted in a 10-2 win for the Port Aransas boys.
Great performances at the plate were a big part of the reason Port A came out on top. The Marlins got eight hits Friday and 17 Saturday.
Austin Bepko did a particularly nice job, getting a hit each of the seven times he got a bat in his hand during the series.
The Marlins also handled their baserunning well. They successfully stole 14 bases Friday and 15 Saturday. And it wasn’t because Premont couldn’t throw.
“It’s because our guys did a really good job of reading balls in the dirt and getting good jumps on the pitchers that Premont had,” Garrett said.
On the Marlins’ end, Davis Spivey and Ryan Talent did good jobs on the mound.
How is Garrett feeling about the area play-offs?
“You’ve got to feel awfully confident going into it,” he said. “Our guys are playing as good baseball as they have all year.”