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No. 18 Rusk set for one game showdown with No. 7 China Spring

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 10:57 PM CDT
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RUSK, Texas (KTRE) - The No. 18 Rusk Eagles will put all their eggs in one basket on Thursday when they play No. 7 China Spring in the 4A Region III Quarterfinal in Navasota.

The round will be a one game situation instead of a three game series, meaning the winner of the two will move on while the loser will start summer a little early.

“It is just like a game 3 in a tight series,” coach Ross McMurry said. “Every bat, every pitch, all the small things are going to matter the most. It depends on how we make a cut, how we make backups.”

Rusk has been solid all season, winning the district championship for 17-4 A and the squad has put together a 24-7 record. They will take on China Spring who won 18-4 A with a perfect 10-0 mark. The Cougars are 27-4-2. The Eagles have outscored their playoff opponents 32-2 in four games.

“If we get the bats hot we should be good,” senior Bryce Lenard said. “We have enough defense I think we can shut anyone out. We have some power but if we get the chance we can stroke the ball. "

Rusk will go with Vanderbilt commit JD Thompson on the mound who is confident they can walk away with the win and a spot in the regional semifinal to meet up with either Orangefield or Hardin-Jefferson.

”It just takes off so much pressure for me when I know I can go out there and give up no runs or no hits and I know I have people behind me making plays and hitting the ball well,” Thompson said.

First pitch from Navasota is set for 5 p.m.

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