In Game 2, the Dragons started the game with a leadoff home run by Jake Murphy (pictured left) and never looked back after the first inning. Carroll scored four runs in the first inning and coasted to a 6-1 victory and series sweep at Brewer High School.
Carroll (30-10-1) advances to face Martin in the Region I final series with a trip to the state tournament at stake. Martin has been a difficult postseason matchup for the Dragons in recent years. The Warriors have eliminated Carroll three of the last five years, including twice in the region final (2012, 2013). Combined the teams have more than 60 victories this season and two more are needed to reach Dell Diamond, site of the state tournament.
Getting to the region final has included three consecutive series sweeps for Carroll vs. Waco Midway, Allen and Fossil Ridge. Martin defeated Marcus in three games to advance to this round.
The Dragons opened the series vs. Fossil Ridge with a 9-2 victory behind starting pitcher Kole Ramage, who tossed a complete game and had 12 strikeouts. Juniors Cole Johnson and Cade Bell each had three hits apiece and Ryne Ryskoski had three RBI.
In the second game, lefthander Cutter Sippel delivered the Dragons’ second complete game of the series. He gave up five hits and had five strikeouts. The Dragons led 6-0 after three innings.
The Dragons are seeking its first state tournament appearance since 2008.
Carroll (30-10-1) vs. Martin (32-7-1) – Class 6A Region I Final Series
Game 1: 5 p.m. Thursday, Dallas Baptist University
Game 2: 2 p.m. Friday, Dallas Baptist University
Game 3: 11 a.m. Saturday (if nec.), Dallas Baptist University
Reed Brown and Gillian Mortimer will compete in Austin on May 11-13. The state meet will be held at the Mike A. Myers Stadium at University of Texas.
Brown, an Oregon signee, claimed the 1,600 and 3,200 meter championships at the 6A Region I meet last weekend at UTA. Brown broke a nine-year-old regional record in the 3,200 meters with a time of 8:51.96.
Mortimer qualified in the 3,200 meters after she finished third with a time of 10:41.52.
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.