The Sterling Rangers playoff hopes took a hit Saturday with a 3-2 defeat at La Porte.

Sterling (15-7-1, 7-6) is now two games behind the fourth-place Bulldogs for the final bi-district playoff spot with three games left to play. La Porte scored twice in the opening frame to take a 2-0 lead over their visitors from Baytown and held on for the victory.

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