McNeil knocked Lake Travis out of the playoffs with an 8-7 win in Game 2 of the bidistrict series, which doubled as Cavalier coach Roy Kinnan’s final game.
Kinnan announced he would retire at the end of this season, and Lake Travis did all it could to keep the season going.
The Mavericks did just a little more to advance to the area round.
McNeil took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third, and extended that to 6-0 in its next at-bat in part because of two errors by Lake Travis.
The Cavs came back with four in the bottom half of the fourth to make it 6-4, with two runs coming home on wild pitches. The Mavs extended the lead to 8-4 in the next half inning, getting the second run on a controversial play at first. Initially the umpire ruled Sean Mason out at first, and Lake Travis left the field on the third out. Then, after several minutes of conferring, the call was reversed with the decision first baseman Tyler Payne’s foot came off the bag, awarding Mason first and allowing a run to score – which ended up being the difference.
In the fifth, Lake Travis pulled with 8-7 on an RBI double by Troy Carter. Needing one run to tie it, Wes Whitehair doubled and was at third with one out in the sixth but the Cavs could not get him home.
Alex Grant had two RBIs, Austin Hinkle had two hits and an RBI and Tim Hunter scored twice and had an RBI for McNeil. Daniel Castano was 2-for-2 with two runs for Lake Travis.