Preston King

Argyle second baseman Preston King (2) steps on second base to get Krum out at Argyle High School, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Argyle, Texas.

With just over two weeks remaining in the regular season, a vast majority of baseball teams in the Denton area have positioned themselves to make a run at the playoffs.

Denton and Argyle continue to set the pace as the area’s only district frontrunners, but seven other area teams are sitting in the top four of their district standings.

The Broncos have continued to pull away in District 8-5A, doing so without last year’s district MVP, Jan Cabrera, as he continues to recover from an injury. Denton is 17-8 on the season and 9-0 in district play with a chance to clinch the district title against Little Elm on Friday.

Argyle extended its winning streak to 10 with a run-rule win over Krum on Tuesday, and the Eagles appear to be hitting their stride after enduring one of the state’s toughest nondistrict schedules. Argyle is 22-1-1 and 4-0 in district action entering a pair of nondistrict games against Addison Trinity Christian on Friday and Joshua on Saturday.

In District 5-6A, Guyer has dropped into a tie for fourth place after working its way into a tie for second last week. The Wildcats (17-12, 5-4 district) have lost two straight and will need to bounce back against sixth-place Haslet Eaton at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Ryan, Lake Dallas and Braswell are among the teams fighting for position behind Denton in 8-5A. Ryan (7-14-1, 4-3) has won four of its last five to move into third place with a half-game lead on Lake Dallas (11-14, 4-4). Braswell knocked off the Raiders on Tuesday but is still two games out of fourth with a 2-5 record.

Aubrey (13-9, 4-2) and Sanger (8-10-1, 4-2) are still in contention for the championship in District 11-4A, as the teams sit in a tie for second behind Melissa (18-6, 5-1). The Chaparrals needed extra innings to knock off Gainesville on Tuesday while Sanger edged Celina in a high-scoring affair.

Krum is third in District 8-4A behind Argyle and Decatur, both of which are ranked. The Bobcats are 8-11-1 and 2-2 in district play, holding a one-game lead on Springtown for the No. 3 seed.

In District 9-3A, Ponder has fought its way into a tie with Whitesboro for third place. The Lions (10-9-1, 5-3) were off Tuesday and will return to action against last-place Callisburg (4-15, 1-8) on Friday.

Liberty Christian (17-10-1, 4-2) trails Fort Worth All Saints’ Episcopal and Fort Worth Nolan Catholic in the TAPPS Division I District 1 standings with seven games to go.

Denton-area district standings

District 5-6A Standings

Team District Record Overall Record
Southlake Carroll 8-1 16-11
Trophy Club Nelson 7-2 19-5
Keller Fossil Ridge 6-3 12-12-1
Guyer 5-4 17-12
Keller 5-4 15-9-1
Haslet Eaton 4-5 11-13-1
Keller Timber Creek 1-8 6-17
Keller Central 0-9 6-17-1

District 8-5A Standings

Team District Record Overall Record
Denton 9-0 17-8
Little Elm 5-2 12-10-1
Ryan 4-3 7-14-1
Lake Dallas 4-4 11-14
Braswell 2-5 9-14
Justin Northwest 2-5 7-14-2
The Colony 1-8 6-19

District 11-4A Standings

Team District Record Overall Record
Melissa 5-1 18-6
Aubrey 4-2 13-9
Sanger 4-2 8-10-1
Celina 3-3 13-6-2
Anna 2-4 15-5
Gainesville 0-6 11-9

District 8-4A Standings

Team District Record Overall Record
Argyle 4-0 22-1-1
Decatur 3-1 22-3
Krum 2-2 8-11-1
Springtown 1-3 10-12
Bridgeport 0-4 3-12

District 9-3A Standings

Team District Record Overall Record
Pottsboro 9-0 16-2
Gunter 6-3 17-6
Whitesboro 5-3 12-7-1
Ponder 5-3 10-9-1
Pilot Point 3-5 12-9
Sadler S&S Consolidated 1-8 3-12
Callisburg 1-8 4-15

TAPPS Division I District I

Team District Record Overall Record
All Saints Episcopal 5-2 21-3
Nolan Catholic 5-4 21-7-1
Liberty Christian 4-2 17-10-1
Addison Trinity Christian 3-5 13-10
Midland Christian 2-6 11-14

BRADY KEANE can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @BradyKeane.

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