The Tuloso-Midway Warriors' playoff hopes are clinging to life right now, and they need a win against not only the best team in District 31-4A, but against one of the best teams in the Texas.
The Warriors can clinch a postseason berth Friday on the road by beating the Wildcats, who are unbeaten in district play. If they lose, the Warriors will have to wait and see what happens in the Laredo Cigarroa and Flour Bluff game Friday.
If the Warriors lose to Calallen and Cigarroa wins in Flour Bluff Friday, then Tuloso-Midway and the Toros are in the playoffs.
A loss by the Warriors and a Hornets win means a three-way tie for third place in the 31-4A standings and a mini-tournament between the three teams for the last two playoff spots. In that scenario, all three teams would finish the regular season 8-6.
Win or lose Friday, Calallen is the district champion. Alice has clinched a playoff spot and can claim second place by beating Kingsville on the road Friday.
Before last week, the Warriors had won five of their last six.
They then dropped a 6-5 decision to Flour Bluff Wednesday. That was followed by a 2-5 loss to Alice Thursday.
Against Alice, the Warriors fell behind by a run in the first inning, but bounced back in the third with two runs. The Coyotes clinched the win in the fourth with a four-run rally.
Armando Hinojosa and Nick Lopez led the Warriors at the plate. They each went 1-for-3. They also scored a run each.
Anthony Mendez was on the mound for the Warriors and took the loss.