The Lookahead

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Baseball is back as the Round Rock Express return to action this week, joining a full slate of high school baseball and softball heading towards the end of their respective seasons. 

The Express start the season with a five-game series against the Nashville Sounds beginning Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Round Rock then hits the road and faces Omaha in a four-game set starting on Monday night. 

Cedar Park is expected to be a threat in district play this season and are living up to the hype, sitting at 15-4 overall and 7-2 in district play. The big surprise is Rouse, which won three games all year last season but now sits atop the district standings at 8-1. 

The two rivals battle for position when they meet for the second time this season Friday at 7 p.m. at Cedar Park. The Timberwolves won the first meeting 3-0 the hand the Raiders their only district loss.

Rouse is rolling on the softball diamond as well. The Lady Raiders dismantled Cedar Park 15-0 last Friday to push their winning streak to five games. They continue their run toward the playoffs with games at fourth place Georgetown and at home against Connally. 

The Spurs’ season ended with a 136-120 loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce last week and they missed the playoffs by eight games. They end the year at an even 25-25 and miss the playoffs for juts the third time since the team was acquired but the San Antonio Spurs ahead of the 2007 season. 

It’s looking more likely the Stars will miss out on the playoffs, too. They need to win out the rest of their games and get some help to squeak into the playoffs. Anything other than a win in the final five game of the season will snap a four-year postseason streak. 

Texas plays to games on the road this week, traveling to face the Carolina Checkers Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at noon. 

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