After going three rounds deep in the playoffs last year, the Foster baseball team feels that if things can work in their direction, it can have another successful postseason in 2019.
The Falcons open the playoffs against Houston Austin on Thursday at home with Games 1 and 2 of the 5A bi-district series. If there is a third game, it will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Cowart Stadium in east Houston.
Foster has rebounded after a tough loss to Angleton that ended any chance of winning a district title. But the Falcons have rebounded with a pair of strong wins over Terry to gain some momentum heading into the postseason.
“I do believe we are going into the playoffs on a good vibe,” Foster head coach Mick Tosch said. “You never want to ‘back your way’ into the playoffs. We played well last week. We are finally starting to very well as a whole.”
The big factor in the Falcons’ season has been hitting, as senior Cade Sitka, Chance Albright and Christian Martinez have each been having good moments at the plate the last few weeks.
But as Foster enters the playoffs, hitting at key moments becomes more of a must for the Falcons, something that the team has struggled with for most of the season.
“As a team we still have to get better at situational hitting. This has been our Achilles’ heel all year,” Tosch said. “If we want to make a deep run in the playoffs we have to do better. We also need more production from the bottom of the lineup. Those get on and turn the line up over, good things happen when we do that.
Austin is the third seed from District 23-5A, going 7-9 overall and 7-5 in district play. The Mustangs won four straight games before falling 14-1 to Milby last Friday.
Austin is a young team, led by junior infielder/pitcher Adrian Ramirez, who hit .326 last season.
“We have seen (Austin) play, and we have to play our game to advance,” Tosch said.