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|Monterey travels to Florien|
Monterey High, seeded No. 21, will travel toward the Texas border to face No. 12 Florien in a first-round Class B playoff contest. The game will be played Friday at 4 p.m.
The Wolves tied Forest High for the Class 3B championship.
"I'm disappointed with where we are seeded, but certainly glad to be in," said first-year Monterey head coach Eric Richard. "I felt like we could have been as high as a 17 or 18. I felt as if there were two or three teams ahead of us who didn't play the teams we played. But when you get a group of people together in a public opinion forum anything can happen. But we've had a good run this last month and are anxious for the playoffs to start."
Monterey enters the playoffs with a 10-11 record, falling to Block, 10-5 Monday.
Most of the Wolves' losses have come to higher class teams.
Beau Shively and Austin Lipsey had two hits each for the Wolves.
The Wolves defeated Georgetown 10-0 Thursday as Beau Shively pitched a one-hitter.
Shively also homered in the contest as the Wolves took advantage of several Georgetown walks.
Richard said Florien has some good hitters and doesn't make a lot of mistakes.
"We've done a good job of keeping teams from scoring a whole lot of runs, but our biggest challenge has been scoring runs," Richard said. "We've had to play a lot more small ball than I would have liked. Things have to go well for us in every phsae to be successful. We've taken some lumps against teams like Cathedral, Block, Harrisonburg, Franklin Parish, Rayville and Delhi Charter, but I think that's made us a better team. This is a new season and we're going to approach it as doing the things we can control and not get caught up in who we may play next or our seeding."
The Black Cats finished 17-10 and tied for second in District 4B with Converse and Stanley.
"This is something different for these players," said Florien coach Richard Partridge, who coached at Hicks last year. "It should be interesting."
Partridge said Monterey reminds him a lot of his Florien team.
"They are real scrappy, make the routine plays and play small ball," he said.
Jonathan Burnett will start on the mound for the Black Cats.
"He has pretty good location," Partridge said.
Partridge said the strength of his team is its attitude.
"These kids never quit and we've won some games we probably should have lost, but they stated in there and kept fighting," he said.
Runnels is seeded No. 1 in Class B, while Zwolle is No. 2. Forest is seeded No. 13.
The winner of the Monterey-Florien game will face the winner of the Bethany Christian-Castor contest in the second round.
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