The Ovilla Christian Eagles varsity baseball team finished its 2015 season Thursday after making another deep playoff run, but coming up short to Lubbock Christian, 8-5.
The Eagles, who were in their third consecutive postseason appearance, started off the scoring in the top of the second inning when their play at the plate exploded and OCS scored five runs.
Lubbock Christian had to make an early pitching change after the Eagles began to tally up runs, head coach Greg Hayes said.
“It was a good game at first,” Hayes said. “We jumped out five to nothing and ran their starting pitcher out of the game. We had a bunch of timely hits, key hits and situational hits. It was great, but we just couldn’t hold it.”
Junior ace pitcher Jacob Webb got the start on the mound for the Eagles.
“They put the ball in play and they rallied back to tie it and take a 6-5 lead,” Hayes said. “Jacob bowed up and battled, but we had a couple of key errors that came late in the game.”
This is the second time that Lubbock Christian has knocked OCS out of the TAPPS playoffs. The first time was Hayes’ first year as head coach of the Eagles, when Lubbock Christian brought an end to Ovilla Christians’s postseason run 4-0 in the 2013 TAPPS 3A semifinals. The second time the two programs met, in 2014, OCS was swept by Lubbock Christian in a best-of-three series (2-1, 3-0).
One advantage that Ovilla Christian will have if the two schools face off again next season, is the fact that there were no seniors on this year’s OCS squad, unlike Lubbock Christian, Hayes said.
“They’re graduating seven more guys and we’re returning everybody,” he said.
With each postseason, the team gets closer to its ultimate goal, a TAPPS Class 3A state championship title, Hayes said.
“We’re getting close man,” he said. “Book us for next year.”