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Bears fend off Cats to force playoff play-in with H-J

LITTLE CYPRESS — The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears built up a big lead and then held off the Orangefield Bobcats 9-7 as they stayed alive for a playoff berth out of District 24-4A at Don Gibbens Field Friday night.

The Bears, West Orange-Stark Mustangs and Hardin-Jefferson all tied for third-place in the 24-4A race with identical 6-6 records.

WO-S is in the playoffs no matter what, due to a better head-to-head record against LC-M and H-J.

That means LC-M will play H-J at 1 p.m. today in Jasper with the winner making the playoffs and the loser bowing out.

The winner of the LC-M-H-J game will then take on WO-S around 4 p.m. in Jasper to decide the third and fourth-place playoff seeding.

WO-S lost to Silsbee 5-2 on Friday.

For LC-M, Drake Trawhon had a home run against the Bobcats. Mitchell Lee roped a two-run double and Jordan Alexander had a two-run single.

Mason Gonzales had a three-run home and a two-run homer for the Bobcats to keep them close while Mack Patterson had a solo home run.