The Dragon Baseball team kicked off their season with their first tournament this past weekend. The team headed south to play in the Spring Branch ISD Varsity Baseball Tournament. This tournament was a great early season look at where the Dragons are competitively as the district season draws closer.
The weekend opened in impressive fashion as Dragon pitcher Nicco Cole threw a seven-inning perfect game against Stratford. The game was knotted up at zero until the sixth inning when Yanluis Ortiz broke the tie with a 3-run double. Cole went on to finish the game with 12 strikeouts and the Dragons notched their first victory of the year 8-0.
The second game of the Friday doubleheader ended in dramatic fashion as well, but not in the Dragon’s favor. Klein Collins handed the Dragons their first loss of the year with four runs in the final frame to win 4-3.
Saturday saw the Dragons taking on two Texas powerhouse baseball programs, but the Dragons, who are currently ranked third in the state by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, reminded everyone that they too, should be looked at as a powerhouse.
In the first game of the day, The Dragons took down Corpus Christi Carroll 6-5 behind the bats of Marcus Hill and Patrick Traynor. Pitcher Kyle Warden held CC Carroll hitless for the first five innings of the matchup.
The final game of the weekend saw the Dragons take on Houston Memorial. Houston Memorial was responsible for one of the Dragons worse losses of last season when they defeated the Dragons 14-2 in the same tournament. Nik Millsap took the mound to attempt to cool off HMHS’s hot bats and held them to two runs over five innings. The offense stepped up in this rematch, led by Cole Johnson’s four RBI’s, and won the final game 12-2.
The Dragons are scheduled to play in the Tye Classic this coming Thursday, March 1, against Keller HS in Mansfield.