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.
GEORGETOWN – The Dragon golfers earned an impressive finish at the UIL Class 6A golf tournament on Tuesday.
The Dragons finished third in a highly competitive field at the Legacy Hills Golf Club. The Dragon team included Max Kettler, Caden Honea, Jacob Kelber, Cole Fisher and Evan Paquette.
Austin Westlake won the title with a score of 572, Plano West was second with 579 and Carroll scored 591.
The top Dragon golfer was Kettler, who shot 69 and 72 for a two-round total of 141.
View photos from the state tournament on the Carroll Golf Twitter account here.
COLLEGE STATION – Dragon tennis standout Arman Dave fell in the UIL Class 6A state semifinals last weekend.
Dave, the defending state champion, lost to Roger Chou of Austin Westlake – 6-2, 6-3 – in the semfinals. Chou was the eventual 6A state champion. The state tournament was held at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center at the Texas A&M University.
Dave won his opening quarterfinal match vs. Austin Anderson’s Andres Almazan – 6-0, 6-1. Last year, Dave became the first Dragon to win a singles title since 1998.
Bell’s RBI walkoff single gave the Dragons a 2-1 victory in the ninth inning to sweep Allen in the Class 6A Region I Quarterfinal series. Allen held a 1-0 lead after the fourth before the Dragons tied the game in the sixth. Carroll won the series opener 16-7 and earned its second consecutive playoff series sweep.
The game was moved from Dallas Baptist University to Highland Park due to the threat of inclement weather. The walk-off victory marked the fourth this season for the Dragons.
Dragon reliever Nicco Cole earned the victory in relief for the second consecutive day. Starter Kole Ramage went eight innings, didn’t allow an earned run and had seven strikeouts.
The Dragons advance to face Fossil Ridge in the 6A Region I Semifinals starting Thursday at Brewer. Fossil Ridge defeated El Paso Montwood in three games to advance. The winner of the series faces the Marcus-Martin series winner in the region finals.
Carroll (28-10-1) vs. Fossil Ridge (27-12) – Class 6A Region I Semifinals
Game 1: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Brewer High School
Game 2: 5 p.m. Friday, Brewer High School
Game 3: 8 p.m. Friday (if necessary)
*Brewer High School is located at 1025 W. Loop 820, Fort Worth 76108
AUSTIN – Carroll senior runner Reed Brown added a final chapter to his outstanding Dragon career.
Brown produced yet again at the UIL State Track and Field meet and repeated as the Class 6A state champion in the 3,200 meters. Brown finished in a time of 8:58.02 Brown’s medals and record-setting weekend didn’t end there.
He followed the next day with a second-place trophy in a record-setting run vs. Sam Worley of New Braunfels Canyon in the 1,600 meters at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas. Both runners broke the state record that had been held since 2003.
Brown finished at 4:02.39 and Worley won the title with a time of 4:02.30.
Lady Dragon runner Gillian Moritmer also competed at state and finished 9th in the 3,200 meters.
Carroll defeated Waco Midway 3-2 and 6-1 to advance in the area series played at Glen Rose High School last week. In Game 2, sophomore left-hander Cutter Sippel silenced Midway as he scattered seven hits over a complete game. The Dragons scored three runs combined in the first two innings for all the cushion Sippel would need.
Carroll advances to face Allen in a best-of-three series starting Thursday at Dallas Baptist University.
Dragon designated hitter Wyatt Stapp led the Dragons with two hits and had three RBI and Ross Cadena added one RBI.
In Game 1, Ryne Ryskoski and Cadena each had two hits apiece to pace the Dragons. Arkansas signee Kole Ramage got the victory on the mound tossing a complete game and had seven strikeouts.
Carroll (24-10-1) vs. Allen – Class 6A Region I Quarterfinals
Game 1: 5 p.m. Thursday, Dallas Baptist University
Game 2: 8 p.m. Friday, Dallas Baptist University
Game 3: 3 p.m. Saturday (if necessary), Dallas Baptist University
The Dragon baseball team begins the Class 6A playoffs this week.
Carroll, the District 5-6A champions, faces Plano in a Class 6A Region I Bi-District playoff series. The series begins Friday at 7 p.m. at Plano Prestonwood Christian.
Plano was the fourth-place team in District 6-6A. Game 2 will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday at Prestonwood and Game 3 (if necessary) would follow 30 minutes later.
The winner of this series faces the winner of Waco Midway vs. Irving Nimitz next week in the area round.
Carroll finished the regular season last Friday with 4-3 extra-inning loss to Hebron. The Dragons are 22-9-1 and went 11-3 in district.
The Dragons are led on the mound by Arkansas signee Kole Ramage, who has two previous years of playoff starting experience.
Carroll (22-9-1) vs. Plano (16-16) – Bi-District Playoff Series
Game 1: 7 p.m. Friday, Graham Field, Prestonwood Christian
Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday, Graham Field, Prestonwood Christian (Note: Game time was adjusted to 3 p.m. on Tuesday)
Game 3: (if necessary) 30 minutes later
Prestonwood Christian is located at 6801 W. Park Blvd.
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 Lady Dragons qualified by finishing second at the Class 6A Region I meet. The Dragons finished third overall to qualify.
The Class 6A girls’ state tournament will be held May 15-16 at the Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown. The boys’ event will be May 22-23 at the same course.
GIRLS REGIONAL ROUND 2 SCORES
E. Martin- 82
M. Bouraeda- 77
S. Lee- 83
M. Zhou- 79
K. Lee- 84
BOYS REGIONAL ROUND 2 SCORES
Honea – 69
Fisher – 74
Kelber – 73
Paquette – 81
Kettler – 74
Total – 290