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Looking ahead for Wesson Cobras, Brookhaven Panthers

Wesson vs. Morton

Thursday: 7 p.m. at Morton

Friday: 7 p.m. at Wesson

Monday (If necessary): 7 p.m. at Morton

Wesson struggled for much of the year, but when playoff time comes around everybody starts out with the same record: 0-0.

The Cobras will take on Morton on the road starting on Thursday night in the first round of the 3A playoffs.

Wesson’s biggest contributions this season at the plate have come from freshman Conner Diamond. He’s hitting .429 with a slugging percentage of .571 and an OPS (On Base Percentage Plus Slugging Percentage) of 1.127.

Wesson has relied heavily on two pitchers this season in Colton Newman and Kenner Bizot.

Newman has thrown 25.2 innings on the season with 27 strikeouts over those innings.

Bizot has worked 27.2 innings on the year, and has struck out 30 people.

Morton went 15-8 in the regular season and 7-2 in district play. The Panthers won their final seven district contests to garner the No. 1 seed in the district.

The Panthers have three hitters with OPSs over 900 in Fred Harper, Coby McCroy and Easton Porter.

Harper hits .338 for the year with a .521 on-base percentage.

McCroy hits .362 on the season with a .478 slugging percentage, and Easton Porter leads the Panthers in batting average with a .425 average along with a .493 slugging percentage.

On the mound the Panthers are led by Porter who has a 2.00 ERA over 42 innings with 42 strikeouts. Micah Benford has a 2.69 ERA for the Panthers over 28.2 innings.

North Pike vs. Brookhaven

Thursday: 7 p.m. at Brookhaven

Friday: 7 p.m. at North Pike

Monday (If necessary): 7 p.m. at Brookhaven

The Brookhaven Panthers will start playoff action on Thursday night when North Pike High School comes to town for a best-of-three series.

Brookhaven comes into the playoffs with a 16-7 record, and a 7-2 mark in district play.

The Panthers are hitting .352 as a team and have a team OPS of .954. The Panthers have four starters with batting averages of .410 or higher.

The Panthers are led by Jacob Porter at the plate. Porter is hitting .473 on the season with a .690 slugging percentage.

Clint Stephens is hitting .422 on the year and is slugging .625. Tyler Mixon is hitting .413 with a .548 on-base percentage, and Byrion Robinson is hitting .410 with a .535 slugging percentage.

The Panthers are led on the mound by Sevante Quinn and Trace Owens. Quinn has thrown 35.1 innings on the year with 46 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA. Trace Owens has thrown 34.1 innings with 26 strikeouts and a 2.24 ERA

North Pike comes into the series with a 9-10 record and a 3-6 mark in their district.

The Jaguars are led at the plate by Cade Killingsworth and Gage Harbour. Killingsworth is hitting .449 on the season with a .571 slugging percentage. Harbour is hitting .500 with a .700 slugging percentage.

Killingsworth is the ace pitcher of the Jaguar staff as well, having thrown 35.1 innings with a 2.18 ERA. He’s struck out 43 hitters and has a .82 WHIP (walks and hits per inning)

Kole Alford is the number-two pitcher for the Jaguars. He’s thrown 24.2 innings this season and has a 1.99 ERA with 33 strikeouts.

The winner of the series will take on West Jones High School in the second round.

Story by Collin Brister