The Carroll Dragon baseball team continues its hold on first-place in a competitive District 5-6A.
The Dragons improved to 9-1 in district with a come-from-behind 7-5 victory last Friday at home against Byron Nelson.
Carroll, the area’s No. 1-ranked Class 6A team by the Dallas Morning News, picked up its 20th win of the season in the back-and-forth game that included the Dragons overcoming a 2-0 deficit and breaking a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Dragon hitters Adam Stephenson, Wyatt Stapp and Kole Ramage each had two hits apiece. Cutter Sippel earned the victory and Nicco Cole delivered the save with two innings of relief.
Carroll has four district games remaining and faces L.D. Bell this week — Tuesday at Bell at 7 p.m. and Friday at CSHS at 7 p.m.
The Dragons have a firm hold on first place in district, three games ahead of second-place Marcus and Lewisville.
The Dragons won their eighth straight game with a 45-7 rout of Bell at Pennington Field. Carroll improves to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in district.
Carroll will look to complete an unblemished run through district with Friday’s home game vs. second-place Hebron on Senior Night.
The Dragons led 24-0 at halftime and were led on the ground by Tre Sledge and Audricke Gaines. Sledge rushed for 108 yards on 10 carries and had one TD rushing and one receiving. He had one of four Dragon TDs on the ground. Gaines added 65 yards and one TD. Tavian Gould and backup quarterback Will Bowers added the other TDs on the ground.
Starting quarterback Mason Holmes threw one touchdown to Clayton Keyes in the first half.
Defensively, Dragon freshman cornerback RJ Mickens had two interceptions.
Carroll is now ranked No. 8 in Class 6A by the Associated Press. The Dragons will be the No. 1 Division II seed out of 5-6A when the playoffs begin next week.
Carroll (8-1, 6-0) vs. Hebron (7-2, 5-1)
Date: Friday, Nov. 4
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Site: Dragon Stadium
Radio: 100.7 FM The Word (Pre-game show starts at 6:30 p.m.)
The Dragons defeated Byron Nelson 44-13 before a sold out homecoming game crowd at Dragon Stadium. The Dragons improved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in district and snapped Byron Nelson’s two-game winning streak.
Dragon senior running back Audricke Gaines rushed for 139 yards on 16 carries and had two of the team’s four rushing touchdowns for Carroll. Jack Johannson added 69 yards and a score and Tre Sledge had 44 yards and a TD.
Quarterback Mason Holmes was 10-of-16 for 166 yards and one touchdown.
Carroll led 24-6 at the half and 30-6 after three quarters.
The Dragons travel to face L.D. Bell on Friday at Pennington Field. Bell is coming off its first district victory last week against Lewisville.
Photos by Carroll ISD Communications Intern Jessica Wedinger
Carroll (7-1, 5-0) vs. L.D. Bell (3-5, 1-4)
Date: Friday, Oct. 28
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Site: Pennington Field, Bedford
Radio: 100.7 FM The Word – Pre-game show starts at 6:30 p.m.