Playoff seeding and a chance to host a first-round playoff game … that's what will be at stake this week in the final district series of the season against Nolan Catholic.
The Friars (13-13, 8-4) take on the Vikings (7-5) on Tuesday and Friday, needing at least a split of the two-game series to lock down the district's third seed and a home playoff game in the opening round.
If Nolan were to sweep the series, the Friars would fall to fourth in the standings, forcing them to travel to one of the Houston-area schools to open postseason play. The Friars have lost four straight after starting district play 8-0.
Bishop Lynch dropped a pair of close contests to John Paul II last week, allowing the Cardinals to leapfrog the Friars in the district standings.
John Paul II 10, Friars 5
On Tuesday, the Cardinals scored at least one run in all but one inning, taking advantage of four Friar errors in Plano. Matt Johnson went 3-for-4 at the plate, Westin Walls went four innings on the mound but Lucas Herrmann took the loss.
John Paul II 6, Friars 3
In Friday's counter game, the Friars outhit JPII by a 9-8 margin, but couldn't manufacture the runs needed for a win. Blake Bautz took the loss, allowing five hits and five runs over four innings. Gabe Vasquez and Aaron Hunter each had multiple hits. Vasquez went 3-for-3.
• The Friars have committed 14 defensive errors during their current 4-game losing streak. In the four games prior (all wins) the team committed just 3 errors.
• Vasquez is hitting a team-high .405 with 30 hits and only three strikeouts in 86 plate appearances.
• The Friars host Nolan Catholic on Tuesday at 7 pm, then travel to Nolan on Friday for a 7 pm first pitch.