By Tommy Mann Jr. – The Record

The regular season is over and, for three local baseball teams, the road to Austin begins this weekend.

The Class 4A high school baseball playoffs get underway for the District 24-4A Bridge City Cardinals, West Orange-Stark Mustangs and Little Cypress Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears this Friday and Saturday as each team will face an opponent from District 23-4A.

The Bridge City Cardinals are the runner-up in District 24-4A and will take on the Liberty Panthers, the third place team from District 23-4A, in a best of three-game series.

Game one is at 7 p.m., Friday, May 6, in Liberty, while game two will start at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 7, in Bridge City. If necessary, game three will begin approximately 30 minutes following the end of game two.

The West Orange-Stark Mustangs, the third place team representing District 24-4A, will take on the Splendora Wildcats, the second place team in District 23-4A, at 6 p.m., Friday, May 6, in Jasper in a winner-take-all game.

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears will have a one-game series as well, which will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 7, against the District 23-4A champion Huffman-Hargrave Falcons.