Hobbs' Caleb Young
Particularly considering Carlsbad – the team the Eagles tied with atop District 4-5A (but lost a run-differential tiebreaker by two runs) – picked up the third seed.
I guess to me it's puzzling how two teams that played so close throughout the season are nine seeds apart in a 16-team tournament.
But it's just extra motivation for a team that already has a bit of a chip on its shoulder – that it partially put there itself. As I've said before, Hobbs lost a lot of close games early and its record isn't that of a top-five team in the state.
However, over the last two weeks the Eagles have played like the team many expected. The Eagles have won seven games in a row, including a sweep of Carlsbad, and I'm really not too happy if I'm Mayfield having to face a Hobbs team with good arms on the mound, a solid defense and a lineup that can get a key hit one through nine in the order that's been tabbed as a 12th seed.
Time will tell if Hobbs has a Lovington girls basketball-esque run in them (remember, the Lady Wildcats were a 12th seed heading into the playoffs). Class 5A is wide open. Anything is possible.