Baseball: Westside to meet Jersey Village
Jersey Village might be the fourth-place team from District 17-5A, but the Falcons have commanded the attention of Westside head coach Abe Arguello during the Class 5A baseball playoffs.
"I won't say Jersey Village snuck into the playoffs, because they earned their way in," Arguello said, "but I think a lot of people overlooked them as a No. 4 seed."
Arguello and the Wolves aren't about to make the same mistake when the teams collide in a 5A-Region III area series this week.
"Jersey Village is a scrappy bunch," Arguello said. "I think it's a great match-up between two of the hottest teams in Region III. It should be interesting."
ABOUT THE GAME
• Matchup: Westside Wolves (23-11-1) vs. Jersey Village Falcons (16-10)
• Game 1: Wednesday, May 11, Cy-Fair, 7 p.m.
• Game 2: Friday, May 13, Jersey Village, 4 p.m.
• Game 3 (if necessary): Saturday, May 14, Jersey Village, 4 p.m.
• What's at stake: The winner advances to the Class 5A-Region III quarterfinals next week.
• Westside players to watch: P/C/OF Daniel Mengden, P Blake Zieren, 3B/P Michael Resnick, 2B Conner VanDaveer, OF Kendall Grigg, DH/3B Miguel Figueroa, UT Isaac Montelongo.
• Jersey Village players to watch: OF/2B Kyle Survance, 2B/P Alex Lator, P Blake Spence, OF Cody Fredericksen, P Connor Thomas.
• Westside: The Wolves eased past Katy, winning by respective scores of 7-1 and 8-1. Westside's pitching was outstanding in the series. Mengden struck out 11 batters and allowed only three hits in 6 1/3 innings in Game 1, while Zieren tossed a complete game with eight strikeouts and three hits. Offensively, Figueroa, Grigg and Montelongo led the way, coming up with clutch hits.
• Jersey Village: The Falcons swept Hastings 17-6 and 10-0 in a 5A-Region III bi-district series. Survance homered twice in Game 1 and is Jersey Village's most dangerous hitter.
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