Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Celebrate Carroll Dragon Day

Grab your Dragon gear and join Mayor Laura Hill, Southlake City Council and Dragon Nation as we celebrate the Carroll Dragon varsity baseball team’s State Championship, with Carroll Dragon Day on Wednesday, June 20.

Everyone is invited to join the Carroll Athletic BoosterClub, Dragon Youth Baseball, Southlake Style Magazine and the City of Southlake for a communitywide celebration of the 2018 Texas Class 6A State Championship season of the Carroll Dragon varsity baseball team. The celebrations starts at 7 p.m. at Rustin Pavilion in Family Park located in Town Square.

Mayor Hill and Council will help commemorate Carroll Dragon Day in the City of Southlake and the entire team will be on hand to be recognized. The players will then be available after the event to sign autographs and photos.

“So much goes into earning a state championship,” said Mayor Hill. “We are very proud of the Dragons and everyone involved in Dragon baseball and we look forward to joining the community in honoring the entire team in Southlake Town Square.”

The Dragons, under the direction of head coach Larry Vucan, finished the 2018 season with a 35-6 record and ranked first in the state of Texas and fourth nationally. They breezed through the playoffs without losing a game. Carroll reached the state tournament last year but fell in the state semi-finals before returning to win it all this year. The 2018 championship, capped off at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, is the third in the program’s history.

Dragon Bats Come Alive in Series Victory


Dragon center fielder Eric Cole had three hits and four RBI in Game 3 vs. Hebron.

PLANO – In the deciding Game 3 of the area playoffs, the Carroll Dragons’ offense came alive with perfect timing.

The Dragons exploded with 16 hits in a 15-2 victory against Hebron on Saturday at Plano West High School. The Dragons advance to face district rival Coppell in a Region I quarterfinals series beginning Thursday.

Carroll (24-6) also had an impressive performance by sophomore pitcher Kole Ramage, who went six innings and silenced Hebron’s lineup. The Hawks were limited to five hits. Ramage had early comfort from a Dragons four-run first inning, keyed by sophomore Ross Cadena’s three-run home run. Cadena and center fielder Eric Cole each had three hits and four RBI.

Hebron forced Game 3 after winning a wild 8-7 victory in Game 2 Friday night. Carroll rallied from a 7-2 deficit to tie the game, but Hebron scored the game-winning run in the top of the sixth.

Carroll vs. Coppell – Class 6A Region I Quarterfinals
Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday, Argyle HS
Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday, Argyle HS
Game 3: (if necessary) 3 p.m. Saturday, Prosper HS

Former Dragon Pitchers Drafted by Twins, Rays


Curtiss was drafted in the 6th round by the Twins.


Maisto was taken in the 16th round by the Rays.

Two former Carroll Dragon standout pitchers were drafted in this year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Texas Longhorns closer John Curtiss was selected in the 6th round by the Minnesota Twins. Curtiss helped lead the Longhorns to the College World Series, which begins this weekend.

Curtiss, who missed last year after having Tommy John surgery, returned this year and is 2-2 with a team-leading nine saves and 2.06 earned-run average. Curtiss was drafted in the 30th round by the Rockies following his senior year at Carroll.

McLennan Community College pitcher Greg Maisto was taken in the 16th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. Maisto led the McLennan staff with victories going 7-3. He had a 4.70 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 76.2 innings. The left-hander transferred from McLennan after redshirting at Texas A&M following high school. He has signed with West Virginia.

Dragons Fall to Flower Mound in Region Semifinals

DSC_0391The Carroll Dragons’ baseball season came to an end Saturday in a deciding Game 3 vs. Flower Mound in the Class 5A Region I semifinals.

The Dragons lost 8-7 after Flower Mound rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning at Dallas Baptist to win the series. In the top half of the ninth, the Dragons provided a rally with four runs to take a 7-5 lead after trailing the entire game. The Dragons finished the season 31-6 and were District 4-5A champions.

Flower Mound won the series opener at home 6-4 on Thursday after rallying from a 4-0 deficit in the top of the first inning. Carroll rebounded and won the second game at CSHS 4-2 behind pitcher Joe Heineman, who tossed a complete game. The three games in the series were decided by a total of five runs.


Dragons Sweep SA Central, Reach Region Semis

CaseyAUSTIN – The Carroll Dragons are bound for the Class 5A Region I semifinals after their second consecutive series sweep.

The Dragons (30-4) completed a region quarterfinal sweep Saturday against San Angelo Central to advance to meet Flower Mound this week. Carroll won the series opener 3-2 and and capped weekend with 6-4 victory at Concordia University. The Dragons were led by outstanding pitching and clutch hits to move to 5-0 in the postseason.

In Game 1, relief pitcher Cooper Westland earned the victory and Michael Basler claimed the save leaving the bases loaded in the seventh. Second baseman Drew Davis provided the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. Kevin Cramer tied the game at 1-1 with a single in the fifth.

The Game 2, Cramer started on the mound went six innings for the victory and Joe Heineman earned the save. Nic Motley had a solo home run and Barry Casey had two hits and three RBI.

Carroll vs. Flower Mound – Region I Semifinals
Game 1: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Flower Mound
Game 2: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Carroll
Game 3: (if necessary) 1 p.m. Saturday at Dallas Baptist University
Follow live: Dragon broadcast; Dragon GameChanger


Dragon Pitchers Combine For No-Hitter

DragonBaseballThe Carroll Dragon baseball team is off to a red-hot start in 2014. Pitcher Kevin Cramer added a major highlight to the impressive start. Cramer and Cooper Westland combined to throw a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory last week against Arlington Lamar.

Cramer finished with four strikeouts and had six walks in six innings. Westland added one hitless inning to finish the no-hitter. Garrett Hale led the Dragons at the plate going 3-for4 with two RBI. Carroll improved to 10-0 and has produced five shutouts. Carroll begins play Thursday in the Arlington Heights Tournament.





Dragon Baseball Falls In Class 5A Region Finals

Carroll sophomore pitcher Ben Leeper went six innings and had nine strikeouts against Martin in Game 2.

GRAND PRAIRIE – The Carroll Dragons’ playoff ride came to an end Friday at QuikTrip Park.

The Dragons suffered a 4-1 loss and were swept by the Martin Warriors in the Class 5A Region I finals. Carroll lost the series opener 2-1. The Dragons finished the season 34-6 and fell in the region final to Martin for the second consecutive year. Martin advances to the state semifinals in Round Rock.

Carroll’s offense struggled to produce a rally against Martin starter Turner Larkins. The Dragons were held to four hits, including two singles by first baseman Nic Motley.

Meanwhile, Dragon sophomore starter Ben Leeper kept his team close, holding the Warriors in check until the sixth inning. Martin rallied from a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the sixth with four runs. The Warriors had five hits in the game. Leeper went six innings and had strikeouts and four walks.

Dragons Drop Series Opener Against Martin

Catcher Hayden Zier and the Dragons face Martin in Game 2 of the Region I finals Friday night.

GRAND PRAIRIE – The Carroll Dragons suffered their first playoff loss Thursday and its send them to the brink of elimination.

Martin rallied for a 2-1 victory in the Class 5A Region I final series opener at QuikTrip Park. The Warriors picked up two runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Carroll had the tying run at third base in the bottom of the seventh, but the runner was tagged out at the plate on a suicide squeeze bunt attempt. Dragon lefthander Tyler Alexander suffered his first loss of the season, but had 13 strikeouts in six innings.

Carroll (34-5) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning keyed by Chris Altimont’s triple. He scored on Nic Motley’s RBI single to right field. The Dragons, ranked No. 4 in the nation by Baseball America, were held to five hits. Martin finished with six.

Game 2 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday at QuikTrip Park. Sophomore righthander Ben Leeper will start for the Dragons.

A deciding Game 3, if necessary, will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at QuikTrip Park. The winner of the series advances to next week’s state tournament in Round Rock.

Carroll (34-4) vs. Martin (34-7)  – Class 5A Region I Final
Game 1: Martin 2, Carroll 1
Game 2: 7:30 p.m. Friday, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie
Game 3: (if necessary) 6 p.m. Saturday, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie
Directions: How to get there
Ticket information: $7 adults; $5 students at the game. All tickets sold at QuikTrip Park
How to follow game: Dragon Live Webcast; GameChanger

Dragons Reach Region Final, Face Martin Rematch

The Carroll Dragons are headed back to the Class 5A Region I finals. The return includes a rematch against the Martin Warriors.

The Dragons swept Marcus in the Region I semifinal series last weekend to mark Carroll’s fourth consecutive series sweep. The Dragons now face Martin again in a best-of-three series with a berth to the Class 5A state tournament in Round Rock on the line.

Carroll — ranked No. 4 in the nation by Baseball America —  defeated Marcus 5-2 and 4-2. The second game was resumed Saturday after a lightning and rain delay Friday night in the top of the third. Closer Joe Heineman was the star on the mound Saturday going five innings for the victory, allowed two hits and had five strikeouts. Carroll trailed 2-1 before the delay.

Dragon Nic Motley went 2-for-2 with two RBI. In Game 1, sophomore right-hander Ben Leeper earned the victory and allowed four hits and had seven strikeouts. The Dragon staff finished the series allowing four runs and seven total hits in 14 innings. Heineman was 3-for-4 and Motley went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Drew Brown, Hayden Zier and Chris Altimont also added RBIs. Carroll is 8-0 in the postseason.

Last season, Martin won the deciding Game 3 against Carroll at TCU’s Lupton Stadium to advance to the state tournament.

Carroll (34-4) vs. Martin (34-7)  – Class 5A Region I Final
Game 1: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie
Game 2: 7:30 p.m. Friday, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie
Game 3: (if necessary) 6 p.m. Saturday, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie
Directions: How to get there
Ticket information: $7 adults; $5 students at the game. All tickets sold at QuikTrip Park
How to follow game: Dragon Live Webcast; GameChanger