Brazos baseball falls to Thorndale

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The Brazos Cougars and Thorndale Bulldogs met on the baseball diamond at Bryan High School with a 2A Bi-District championship on the line.

The Cougars ended their regular season on a five-game winning streak, including an 18-0 victory over Fayetteville and an 8-7 decision ahead of Weimar, to jump from a .500 record at 8-8-1 to finish 12-8-1 overall and snag the third seed in District 28.

On the other hand, the Bulldogs started district play on fire, winning their first nine games in a row. However, in consecutive meetings with the Thrall Tigers, Thorndale dropped the second game to begin a stretch of two wins in the final five games of the year before the warm-up game with Franklin also went to the Lions. The Bulldogs finished District 27 play a half-game back of first-place Thrall and so manufactured the tango with Brazos.

The neutral site was determined as Bryan and the teams converged for a best-of-three series to see who advances to the Area Round last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thorndale served as the home team and broke a scoreless tie in the fifth with a pair of runs, and although the Cougars got one back, that was all they found in Game 1.

The following evening had rain threatening but the game went off without a hitch and ended in favor of the Bulldogs, 9-0, to move them onto a matchup with the Burton Panthers, champions of District 26.

Brazos secured back-to-back postseason berths following an eight-year drought from the playoffs, although going back as far as 2008, the Cougars have yet to make it out of the Bi-District round.

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