Bo Sims went back to his passion project this spring after a successful senior season quarterbacking the Estacado football team.

And it has been a project this season for the Midland College baseball signee as a rare upperclassmen.

"We have a young team," Sims said. "We have to meet in the middle. Me being a senior, with three years of varsity experience, I feel like it's part of my job to keep everybody ready and serious about this. It's my last year."

Estacado (10-10) experienced an up-and-down non-district portion of the season, but it couldn't have ended on a higher note. Sophomore third baseman Johnny Gomez hit two doubles and two home runs in one of two wins over Dalhart last week and helped will the Matadors to an extra innings win against Greenwood the next day in the non-district finale.

Up next is the District 2-4A opener Friday at Lamesa.

No one around Matador Stadium will say it's coming at a bad time.

"It's been an experience because we're so young," Estacado coach Mark Llanas said. "This last week, we seemed to put some games together. It gave us some confidence. We've now won four out of five going into district, so it's been great. These kids have kind of seen what playing tougher competition looks like, and it seems like they've gotten used to that."

Gomez at the plate and Sims on the mound as a projected once-a-week starter on the mound are playing at the top of their games.

Sims spot-started the Greenwood game Thursday. He went the final seven innings of an eight-inning game and held the Rangers to five runs on exactly 110 pitches.

The senior pitched a two-hit shutout the week prior against El Paso El Dorado.

Gomez batted 8-for-10 in three games last week and played a hand in 13 runs. Two of the three games ended on the mercy rule after five innings.

"He's been knocking the cover off the ball for a long time," Llanas said. "He's hit a couple of balls out here that I think haven't even landed yet. Then, we've played at some places where if the wind wasn't blowing in, he might have had two more home runs. The ceiling is as high as he works. ... His dedication to the game and his willingness to get better is going to make him a really good player. I'm glad we have him for two and a half more years."

As far as Lamesa, it's one of the most experienced teams in the district this season after fighting for a fourth-round finish in the league last season and making a bi-district playoff appearance.

Young Estacado, Denver City and reigning district champion Levelland are the other teams with something to prove from the start after ventures into the 2017 postseason. Levelland reached the regional championship round and bowed out to Abilene Wylie, which won a second consecutive state championship.

"We've faced a lot of adversity," Sims said. "The younger kids didn't really know how to take care of it. But I know how to keep them going. We've got to keep going."

4-5A softball schedule begins

District 4-5A has not disappointed in many sports this season, and it's not expected to disappoint in the softball realm either.

Lubbock-Cooper hosts Lubbock High at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the two teams' first game that counts toward postseason eligibility.

The Lady Pirates (11-10) played some close contests before falling to Midland Lee 12-6 on Thursday. Cooper will try to brush the loss off to get ahead in the district standings early.

Reagan Robertson will look to reprise her role as a threat at the plate against the Lady Rebels. She went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two home runs.

Paired with the pitching duo of Autumn White and Marli Goolsby, the Lady Pirates have the pieces to contend Tuesday night.

But the Lady Westerners have their own weapons in their lineup.

Lubbock catcher Chloe Read is a sound defender with a good bat and pitcher Moriah Garza is effective in the circle.