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The season hangs in the balance tonight for the Amarillo Bulls. After dropping the first two games on home ice in the best of five NAHL South Division final to Topeka, the Bulls now must win two games at the Roadrunners to bring the series back to Amarillo for a deciding game five. The Amarillo offense, which ranked #2 in the NAHL during the regular season, has managed just three goals in the two games. Amarillo has struggled to solve RoadRunners goaltender P.J. Bridges, who has turned aside 55 of the 58 shots he’s faced in the series. Bulls head coach Dennis Williams said they just need to do a better job in front of Bridges, like Topeka has done in front of Bulls goaltenders.
Bulls Defensemen Patrick Pollock and Joe Grabowski will not be suited up tonight. Pollock suffered a concussion early in Saturday’s loss. Also word from the league came yesterday that Joe Grabowski was handed a three-game suspension for a high sticking call in Saturday’s game.
Another local team that's in an unusual position is the Amarillo Venom. The 2-time defending Lone Star Football League champions have lost two straight games to fall to 2-2 on the season. At his weekly news conference yesterday, head coach Julian Reese said the last two games are not reflective of who they are and he vowed to get things turned around. That may mean some personnel changes but Reese said he has liked the way the players have responded this week in practice.
The Venom are finally back home this weekend and will host West Texas on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
The No. 16 West Texas A&M baseball team has altered its schedule for Senior Weekend as the Buffs now will play a doubleheader Friday at 5 p.m. at Wilder Park and a single game on Saturday at 1 p.m. The changes were made due to the forecast of extremely strong winds over the Texas Panhandle this weekend.
First United Bank is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Friday as there will be free ice cream bars for everyone while supplies last. Senior Day festivities will begin approximately 15 minutes prior to the first pitch of Saturday’s game.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION BASEBALL RANKINGS
1 Colorado Mesa 31-8 30-6
2 West Texas A&M 31-12 30-12
3 Texas A&M-Kingsville 29-14 24-13
4 St. Edward's 31-11 25-8
5 St. Mary's (Texas) 30-14 21-12
6 Angelo State 25-19 25-19
7 New Mexico Highlands 25-16 25-16
8 Colorado State Pueblo 23-18 23-18
The Lone Star Conference softball champion will be decided this weekend as co-league leaders West Texas A&M and Angelo State square off in Canyon. The Lady Buffs have won 19 straight games and are ranked #1 in the nation.
The field is set for the championship tournament with ASU, WT, Texas Woman’s, Midwestern State, Cameron, and Tarleton State clinching the six spots with seeding still to be determined. The single-elimination event will be played May 2-3, at the No. 1 seed.
WT's Jessica Sipe is the LSC Hitter of the Week. Sipe continued her hot streak at the dish this past week as the junior third baseman hit .571 with two doubles and one home run in just seven official at-bats with three walks while driving in nine RBI for a slugging percentage of 1.286 with an on-base percentage of .636 in WT’s four games on the week.