BELTON — Head coach Mark Krueger likened playing back-to-back days to postseason life. Fitting, then, that less than 24 hours after his District 12-6A-leading Belton squad defeated second-place Harker Heights, the Tigers guaranteed themselves that the playoffs would be part of their future.

Belton answered rival Temple’s five-run fourth with three runs in its half of the inning to regain its lead that it didn’t relinquish a second time in an eventual 11-5 victory Saturday afternoon at Tiger Field that clinched the Tigers’ postseason spot with three regular-season games remaining.

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KILLEEN — The month of April has not been kind to the Temple Wildcats, who entered Friday’s game at Killeen Ellison riding a three-game losing streak, and the Eagles didn’t let the visitors climb out of their rut.

Having six of its eight District 12-6A games decided by three runs or less heading into Tuesday night’s encounter with Harker Heights, Temple is no stranger to close ballgames.

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Trying to work their way up from the bottom of the District 12-6A standings, the Temple Tem-Cats did something Tuesday night they had yet to do all season.

Temple recorded its first shutout Tuesday night, downing Harker Heights 7-0 at Lanky Lancaster Field thanks to a solid performance in the circle by Nadia Frausto, some solid defense and a big night at the plate by first baseman Cameryn Stewart.

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Trying to stay atop the District 12-6A standings, the Temple Wildcats found themselves in a tough battle with a team just trying to stay relevant Friday night.

After a scoreless first five innings at Hallford Field, Temple broke through in the sixth and prevailed 1-0 over the Killeen Kangaroos to remain in a tie atop the league standings.

BELTON — In less than ideal conditions for a track and field competition Wednesday, Temple and Belton still managed to qualify a combined 14 athletes for the next round, and the Belton boys and Bryan girls built early leads in the race for the team titles on the first day of the District 12-…

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One of the many phrases that gets tossed around rather frequently by coaches and fans alike at athletic events — baseball in particular — is, “It just takes one.”

Well, on Friday night, it basically did take just one: Johnny Donoso’s line drive to the gap in left-center field.

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When Johnny Donoso stepped into the batter’s box with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday night, he and Temple needed a boost. After all, the Wildcats’ scoreless streak had reached 11 innings, stretching back to the sixth inning of its District 12-6A opener last week.

Donoso delivered a sharp single down the left-field line, advanced to third on a two-base error when the throw into the infield sailed wayward, and the lid was lifted.

Temple sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the fourth, snapping out of its offensive slump long enough to secure a 4-1 victory over Killeen Ellison at Hallford Field.

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HARKER HEIGHTS — Temple right-hander Bryan Williams allowed two hits and struck out 10 but left the mound with a result as chilly as the air Friday night.

That’s because his counterpart from Harker Heights, Bryce Haws, kept up his part in a good, old-fashioned pitchers’ duel plus got the smallest amount of run support necessary for a 1-0 victory over the Wildcats in District 12-6A action on the Knights’ home field.