O’Connor sends Reagan home after clinching 6A regional semifinals

The Panthers will face the Johnson Jaguars in the regional finals

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas High School baseball playoff drama is heating up.

The O’Connor Panthers forced a Game 3 following a 2-1 win over the Reagan Rattlers on Friday night.

On Saturday night, it was either you win, or your high school career comes to an end.

As O’Connor shortstop James O’Connor grounded it to third base, the throw was in time. Then, Cali-Evan Billela went for an extra base, forcing a wild throw that gave him an easy stroll home. O’Connor took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

In the top of the fourth inning, Reagan responded as Caleb Crider hit one into left center, which sent Keagan Baldwin home from second base with an RBI single.

The Panthers went on to win the series after Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Rattlers.

Next up, O’Connor will face the Johnson Jaguars in the regional finals.

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Nick Mantas is a KSAT 12 Sports Editor. He has previously worked in Lansing, San Fransisco and Abilene. Nick earned a Master's Degree in Sports Media from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona, where he also interned as a strength and conditioning coach.

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