Heights baseball clinches playoff berth with big wins

Heights' Robert Robinson prepares to swing during a tournament game earlier this season. Robinson had two hits in the Bulldogs' 15-0 win over Westbury on Monday. (Photo from Twitter)

In a year full on uncertainties, the Heights High School baseball program recently made sure its playoff track record did not become one of them.

The Bulldogs will be postseason participants once again after beating Westbury 4-1 and 15-0 on April 13 and April 16, respectively, to clinch their fifth consecutive playoff berth under head coach David Petty.

And though a playoff berth is secured, Heights (9-12, 8-2 district) still has much for which to play. The Bulldogs sat in third place in District 18-6A ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled matchup against Westside and a game-and-a-half behind district-leading Bellaire with four district games to go as they seek the program’s first district title since 2012.

In other public-school action, Scarborough had two wins last week over Booker T. Washington, winning via forfeit on April 14 before taking a 14-4 decision on Monday. The Spartans (10-8, 9-1 district) were in first place in District 23-4A ahead of two games against second-place Furr on Wednesday and Saturday.

The Waltrip Rams had their three-game winning streak halted last weekend with a 4-3, non-district loss to Katy on April 17, but are still 9-7-2 overall and 5-0 in District 23-5A.

In private-school action, St. Pius X bounced back from a loss to Bellaire Episcopal on April 14 with a 6-5 win over Concordia Lutheran on April 17. The Panthers were 14-10 overall and 4-5 in district play entering Tuesday’s rivalry game against St. Thomas.

The Eagles will be looking to clinch a district championship when they face SPX. St. Thomas (15-9-1, 7-2) beat Concordia Lutheran 3-2 on April 13 and defeated Beaumont Kelly 10-0 on April 17, but were denied a district title-clinching win when they lost 7-0 in a rematch against Concordia Lutheran on Monday night.

Lutheran High North was looking to halt a six-game losing streak entering Tuesday’s game against Huntsville Alpha Omega Academy.

Softball

In public-school action, the Heights Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a loss to Lamar on April 13 with a 9-1 win over Chavez to close out district play. Ava Martinez, Sarah Salas and Alyssa Morris each had two hits for Heights, while Salas had three RBIs. The Lady Bulldogs will enter the playoffs as District 18-6A’s top seed after going 13-6 overall and 10-2 in district play.

The Waltrip Lady Rams, meanwhile, are 7-2 overall and in District 23-5A competition following a 15-0 win over Sharpstown on April 13. They have won seven of their last eight games.

On the private-school circuit, Brooke Landry and Alexis McGregor each had two hits for the St. Pius X Lady Panthers against Kelly Catholic in a 16-0 win on Monday. Landry, Jennifer Schmalz and Emily Dear each had multiple hits in 4-2 victory over St. Agnes.

Dear did not allow an earned run in 10 innings of work in the circle last week for SPX (15-9, 7-0) while striking out 12 hitters in the two games.

Lutheran High North’s April 15 game against Huntsville Alpha Omega Academy was rained out, and the Lady Lions were scheduled to face Covenant Christian at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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