Bearcats motivated to get over hump of regional quarterfinals


HAWLEY, TX - As the high school baseball postseason rolls into the third round, for Hawley High School, it's seem like a roadblock.

District foes Anson and Albany are there as well, but it's a bit more personal for the Bearcats to get past their match-up with De Leon, and they have some noise to make.

Jamie Seago's Hawley program is back in the third round for a second-consecutive season, and also in an local duel with a Big Country resident that is in one of its best seasons yet.

But the Bearcats aren't minding that. For them, it's about taking care of some unfinished business.

"Last year, I mean that was a hard game and so we're kind of coming back in this game like as a revenge game," said senior catcher Cade Frazier.

Back in 2016, they fell to coach West's state semifinalist Stamford Bulldogs in a decisive game three -- in this very same round.

The Bearcats, led by Quay Stokes, Jody Hicks, and Cade Frazier, remember that feeling in 2016. That experience has hung with them, and they know things are different.

And they want to be the ones to push the program forward.

"It has built up for us. I mean I noticed just the last two days the kids come out with a hop in their step and they're ready to get past this third round," explained head coach Jamie Seago at practice on Wednesday.

"They want to get to the fourth and they want to make their own legacy, and so we had a couple good years so it's the seniors -- it's their turn to go do it now."

Hawley and De Leon get it going from ACU's Crutcher Scott Field beginning Friday at 7 p.m. Game two is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. with an if-needed game 3 to follow.

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