EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Texas High School Baseball playoffs begin this week and two El Paso teams head into the postseason with a ranking to their name.
Americas are tabbed at No. 18 in Class 6A after finishing the season 27-6 and 14-2. The program was also crowned district champions for the seventh time in school history.
"I feel like we've got one of the strongest teams we've had here, since I've been here at least," Senior and UTRGV commit Easton Moomau said.
Last season the Trail Blazers were knocked out in the Area round by the eventual state champions. That experience along with their eight seniors, six of which have committed to play baseball at the next level, have the Trailblazers primed to put something special together in the playoffs.
"The culture of the program is here and they take ownership and buy in on it," Americas Head Coach Jesse Munoz said. "I say this half jokingly, my job is just not to screw it up so that's really what my focus is on, letting the guys play."
Americas will play Midland Legacy in the Bi-District round on Thursday at Midland at 3:30 p.m. MT. They will then play at Americas at 12 p.m. on Saturday and play a third game if necessary, 30 minutes after the conclusion of game 2.
In Class 4A, Riverside are ranked 22nd after finishing the season 22-5 and 9-0.
"I feel like we have an expectation but I feel like we like it we want the expectation and we're ready for it," Senior Adrian Estrada said.
The Rangers have become accustomed to making a deep run in the playoffs after going to the Sweet 16 in 2021 and the Round of 32 in 2022. With that experience they expect to have a similar if not better run this season.
"That one year we made the Sweet 16 by the time we got to the fourth round we had some pretty tired bodies and just mentally exhausted," Head Coach Rick Solis said. "Now it's something that we can expect and we can kind of prepare for that and hopefully if we get to that point again we will be a lot more ready than we were that first time."
Riverside will play Mountain View in the Bi-District round of the playoffs. The first game starts at 11 a.m. on Friday at Ranger Stadium with the second game played after. If a third game is needed it will be played at Mountain View.