O’Connor and Clark went into round two of the Class 6A playoffs filled with momentum.
The two District 28-6A teams began the post-season by sweeping their bi-district opponents where they showed their bat strength and sound pitching.
Friday, they hit a road block during their one-game area playoff series. O’Connor lost a 15-2 decision to Churchill in five-innings and Reagan run-ruled Clark (15-10), 10-0.
Churchill pitcher Jack Neely held the Panthers to one hit and struck out nine. However, O’Connor, which won 7-0, 22-6 decisions over Schertz Clemens in bi-district, jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first.
Catcher’s interference and two hit batsmen loaded the bases, before Sean Rivas lined a two-run single to left.
That was the only offense the Panthers could muster as Neely settled into his groove.
Clark looked solid in its series with Smithson Valley, starting with a five-inning no-hitter from Jaykub Rayfield in 10-0 victory, before following with a 5-2 win.
In both games, Clark came up with big plays to maintain the upper hand. This time, Reagan took charge quickly.