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Stamford lets one slip away in state semifinal loss to Beckville

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AUSTIN, TX - At Dell Diamond for the UIL State baseball tournament 2A semifinal game between Stamford and Beckville, the Bulldogs have never truly been considered the underdogs. They came into the state tournament 22-5, and hungry to make the state final, but Wednesday's game made it 22-6.

"I'm proud of our guys," explained Stamford head coach Jeremy West after his team's loss. "It was a good baseball game, but their side found a way again, with some big two-out hits and their guys found a way to come through in the clutch, and we left some guys out there, had some chances, and that was the difference in the game. Both guys pitched their butts off, but those guys came through with the hit and really opened it up a little bit."

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Bearcats found their momentum in stride as they opened up the ballgame with hit, after hit.

"It's just one of those deals," said West during the trophy ceremony after the game.

"It seems like anytime at this point in the season in any sport that whoever draws first blood, it kind of deflates you a little bit and you can let it get away from you, but I'm still proud of the way our guys hung around and it got away from us a little at the end, but it's good baseball," he said.

The Bearcats advance with a 9-0 score over Stamford, but the Bulldogs are already looking forward to next season. The 2016 year marks the fifth time in seven years that the Bulldogs have made it to state, and it certainly won't be the last.

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