BRYAN — Reality swept over Temple’s players in breezy Bryan and left behind a stinging sadness.
Shock left some in tears, and hugs could only console so much after the Wildcats let a second playoff game in as many days slip away, with should haves and what ifs as salt in fresh wounds.
Bryan Rudder scored three times in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday to negate a two-run deficit and defeated Temple 3-2 to sweep the Class 5A bi-district playoff series one night after a ninth-inning rally wobbled the Wildcats.
“It’s a big blow. I didn’t think we’d be out so early after such a good season,” Temple junior catcher Hunter Torrez said.
The Wildcats’ season ended with a 17-11 record, which included 10 District 17-5A wins and a second consecutive league title. But Temple’s No. 1 seed didn’t do it much good in the postseason, and the Wildcats were upstaged by 18-5A’s fourth seed, which had to beat Livingston in a play-in game to reach the playoffs.