Dragon Baseball Postseason Run Ends
Jun 07, 2013 04:59PM ● Published by Mike
by Robert Halliman
The exciting ride that was the Dragon baseball season unfortunately came to an end just a week ago. In a year in which the Dragons rolled to an astonishing 34-6-1 record, they fell just a few innings short of a trip to the UIL 5A state round. Back-to-back late inning mishaps left the Dragons falling to Arlington Martin in the first two of a best of three games series in the Regional finals. In a baseball version of déjà vu, the Dragons suffered the same fate at the hands of Martin in the same round of last year’s playoffs.
After being up 1-0 in Game 1 behind a bloop single by Nic Motley and a 13 strikeout performance from ace pitcher Tyler Alexander, costly errors in the sixth inning led to a two run sixth inning as Martin came back to win 2-1, handing Alexander his first loss of the season. Game 2 proved to be a heartbreaker as well as the Dragons lost to Martin 4-1 behind a four run sixth inning that saw another potential Dragon shutout turn into a Martin victory. A stellar pitching performance from Martin’s undefeated staff ace Turner Larkins completed the sweep for the Warriors.
The Dragons, led by seniors, Alexander a TCU signee and Texas A&M Football signee Kenny Hill, have a lot to be proud of including at one time being ranked in the top 10 nationally by Max Preps. Third Baseman Kenny Hill led the team in both homeruns and batting average, with 6 round trippers and an astounding batting average of .446, while only managing 10 strikeouts. He wasn’t the only active bat as up and coming sophomore Nic Motley finished second on the team in homeruns with four, and a batting average of .333. Nebraska football commit, Drew Brown, also paced the team with a hit .312 average and plenty of firepower at the plate.
Scoring runs with skill at the plate, the Dragon pitching staff made sure they held up for wins. Together, Alexander along with sophomore Ben Leeper, and seniors Sean Thompson and Bryce Balkman combined for a season-long display of collective mound dominance resulting in a team ERA well under 1.00 in 14 district games. Alexander guided the Dragon pitching staff with a 12-1 record, while also leading the area in both strikeouts (177) and ERA of (0.35).
Although, Southlake Carroll’s season has ended short of their goal of another class 5A state championship to add to its resume the Dragons have no reason to hang their head as they put together another strong season, in which many familiar faces and newcomers made a huge impact on the success of this years team. Just like any other Dragon team we expect a strong comeback next season will be full of fresh faces next season as they look to return nine players from this years’ roster.