Friday, December 2, 2022

Dragon Baseball’s Dream Season Ends in 6A State Semifinals

ROUND ROCK – The Dragon baseball team fell one game short of playing for a Class 6A state championship.

Carroll suffered heartbreak in the state semifinal with a 3-2 loss to eventual state champion Deer Park on Friday at Dell Diamond.

The Dragons held a 2-1 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning before Deer Park (35-8-1) scored two runs. The go-ahead run scored on a controversial balk call by the third base umpire. Runners were at first and third at the time.

In the top of the seventh, the Dragons’ rally fell short with runners at first and second. Carroll, which returned to the state tournament for the first time since 2008, finished the year 32-11-1. Despite starting the season with few players with varsity experience, the Dragons overcome this with a consistent offensive lineup, strong pitching and defense.

Carroll senior shortstop Jake Murphy and junior second baseman Cade Bell (pictured) were selected to the 6A all-tournament team. Murphy had two hits, including an RBI single and Bell had a double.

Pitcher Kole Ramage, an Arkansas signee, went six innings and allowed six hits and had four strikeouts. The Dragons finished with nine hits.

Carroll returns four starters next year and two of its top three pitchers.


Dragon Baseball Sweeps Flower Mound to Open District Play

The Carroll Dragon baseball team produced an impressive start to District 5-6A play last week.

The Dragons opened against Flower Mound, regarded as one of the top teams in the state. Carroll posted a 2-1 victory in the opener at Flower Mound last Tuesday behind ace Kole Ramage.

The Arkansas signee pitched a complete game and held Flower Mound to five hits and had 10 strikeouts. Cole Johnson delivered the clutch hit with a two-run double in the fourth inning.

While the opener was a pitchers’ duel, Friday was an offensive explosion for the Dragons. The Dragons won 19-1 stunning Flower Mound in a run-rule victory that included a 13-run second inning. Carroll finished with 16 hits.

Five Dragons had multiple hits led by Jake Murphy (3-for-4, 3 RBI) and Nik Millsap (3-for-4, 1 RBI). Johnson also had two hits and three RBI.

On the mound, Dragon sophomore Cutter Sippel went five innings and allowed two hits and one run and had seven strikeouts.

The Dragons return to action Tuesday at home at 7 p.m. vs. Trinity. Carroll is now 13-6-1 overall.