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The Anson/Stamford rivalry continues on the diamond

Published On: Mar 27 2013 10:17:14 PM CDT
ANSON, Texas -

In the midst of jockeying for district titles and work within each high school team, the Anson Tigers have to be happy with themselves. They're 5 and 0 in district so far this year. This Friday’s date with co-district leaders the Stamford Bulldogs will be a serious litmus test for how the team will perform in playoffs though. Coach Mario Estrada and his crew aren't taking the storied Bulldogs lightly.

“They've gone to three straight state tournaments for a reason,” Coach Estrada told KTXS on Wednesday, “so we know they're tough and a good ball club. It'll be a good game between us.”

If there is any reason the Blue and White down the road should fear the boys in red it is their starting pitching. The 6 on the mound in the Tiger rotation have pitched for 267 outs in just 89 innings pitched. One of their top performers Jacob Rodgers told KTXS, his senior year could not be any sweeter.

“Things feel really comfortable for me up there,” Rodgers explained, “especially when you know you have a defense behind you like ours.”

That confidence will help him in the rivalry game on Friday. A rivalry heightened by the fact that district implications are in play for the first time in recent memory.

“It's a real big deal, you just can't wait,” Rodgers described the anticipation, “the competition is going to be high and there's a real bunch of hype especially because of our jump in ranking. I'm excited, personally I’m very excited.”

That jump in ranking Rodgers referred to was Anson’s recent acquisition of the three spot in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Poll. A spot in the top three takes Anson’s confidence to a whole new level. The game between Stamford and Anson will be a wild one and is expected to deliver just as many fireworks as the hype implies. The game will be at 5:00pm at Anson High School and you can catch all the excitement on KTXS-News at 10:00pm.