Despite a late rally, the Lipan Indians dropped their regular-season baseball final at Albany, 7-6, Monday.
The Indians (9-5) are playing Chico in a best-of-three Class A bidistrict series this weekendwith all of the games in Jacksboro. If the series goes to a third game, it will be played today at 1 p.m.
This is the Indians’s first playoff appearance since 2006.
Lipan jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but surrendered seven unanswered runs over the next three frames. They rallied for two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, but fell short despite outhitting Albany 9-7.
Lance Ferguson led Lipan offensively, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Trevor Hedeman was 2-for-3 with a double.
“It’s been a good season, and I’m glad these guys have earned a playoff spot,” said Lipan coach Mike Permenter.
“They worked hard, and they really wanted this. We thought this team had this in them.”
The Indians split their season series with Albany, but will enter the playoffs as the No. 3 seed from district. Chico finished as the runner-up in District 9-A.
Lipan 020 002 2 – 6 9 4
Albany 001 420 x – 7 7 2
Lipan pitcher – Hunter Hightower.
Lipan hitting leaders – Lance Ferguson 4-4, 2 doubles, RBI; Trevor Hedeman 2-3, double.
Lipan record – 9-5, all 10-A games.