UPDATE: The Dragon baseball team will have a community sendoff Thursday at 6:45 a.m. at the Dragon baseball field at Carroll Senior High School. The team will be loading the bus for Round Rock.
DALLAS – Dragon baseball’s magical ride of 2017 added one more unforgettable moment Saturday at Dallas Baptist University.
Carroll swept Martin with a convincing 9-0 victory in Game 2 to earn a berth to the Class 6A state tournament in Round Rock. Dragon sophomore lefthander Cutter Sippel and junior righthander Nicco Cole combined on a three-hit shutout to sweep Martin for the Region I title.
The Dragons overwhelmed the Warriors and didn’t allow a run in the series and outscored them 14-0. Carroll also rid itself of the Martin’s playoff hold on the Dragons. Martin had knocked Carroll out of the playoffs three times since 2012, including twice in the region final.
Carroll (32-10-1) will be making its first trip to state since 2008 when the Dragons lost in the final to Plano West. The Dragons’ last state title was in 2002 in Class 4A. The Dragons will face Deer Park at 4 p.m. Friday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.
Pitcher Kole Ramage threw a four-hit shutout in a 5-0 series-opening win Thursday vs. Martin. Game 2 was postponed until Saturday due to rain on Friday. Also, senior members of the Dragon baseball team graduated Friday morning during rehearsal.
In Game 2, the Dragons led 4-0 after three innings giving Sippel all the cushion he needed. Seniors Wyatt Stapp (pictured) and Jake Murphy each had two RBI apiece. The Dragons finished with 11 hits. Sippel finished with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
UIL Class 6A State Semifinals – Friday
Carroll (32-10-1) vs. Deer Park (33-8-1) – 4 p.m. Dell Diamond
Round Rock (31-7) vs. San Antonio Reagan (30-8) – 7 p.m. Dell Diamond
UIL Class 6A State Championship – Saturday
4 p.m. Dell Diamond
All tickets are general admission. One ticket is good for all games played that day.
Tournament pass: $35
Click here for more spectator information at Dell Diamond. Click here for the UIL state tournament schedule.
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
The Dragons produced their performance in the program’s history with a second-place finish at the State Dual Championship.
Carroll reached the final after a dramatic semifinal comeback against Arlington Martin before falling to Allen. Read more about the championship matches on gocarrolldragons.com.
The Carroll Dragons bounced back in resounding fashion with a 37-14 victory last Friday vs. Martin at Dragon Stadium.
The Dragons improved to 1-1 and go on the road for the first time Friday at Rockwall.
Carroll got started fast against Martin, which suffered its first loss. The Dragons led 14-0 early in the game and its big-play offense returned with a lift from defensive back-turned receiver Robert Barnes. The Oklahoma-bound standout had six catches for 153 yards receiving to help ignite the offense. It was his first action at receiver for the Dragons.
Dragon quarterback Mason Holmes finished 15-of-28 for 320 yards. The running game was impressive as the Dragon overpowered Martin with 245 yards rushing. Audricke Gaines had 21 carries for 136 yards and two touchdowns in a breakout performance and Jack Johannson added three rushing TDs.
Carroll’s defense forced two turnovers, including an interception by Jacob Doddridge.
Photo by Carroll ISD Intern Jessica Wedinger
Carroll (1-1) at Rockwall (0-2)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, Sept. 9
Site: Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium, Rockwall – 1201 T.L. Townsend Drive
Radio: 100.7 FM The Word
The Carroll Dragons suffered a season-opening loss last Friday to Tulsa Union
The Dragons fell 21-10 to the Union Redskins, ranked No. 1 in Oklahoma Class 6A-I at Dragon Stadium. The game was delayed 30 minutes due to lightning.
Carroll led 3-0 after the first quarter on a Kole Ramage 54-yard field goal, but Union led 7-3 at halftime and held the Dragon offense without a touchdown until the fourth quarter. Dragon running back Audricke Gaines scored on a one-yard run to cut Union’s lead to 14-10 early in the fourth quarter. Union answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass with 9:03 left in the game.
Dragon quarterback Mason Holmes was 13-for-27 with 176 yards and two interceptions. Carroll was held to 255 yards of offense. Gaines led the Dragons in rushing with 14 carries for 36 yards and receiver Jackson Davis had four catches for 97 yards.
This marked just the fourth loss for Carroll at Dragon Stadium, which opened in 2001.
Carroll returns to action Friday to host Arlington Martin (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. Last week Martin defeated Dallas Skyline 55-7.
Carroll vs. Martin
Time: 7:30 p.m
Site: Dragon Stadium
Radio: 100.7 FM The Word
Tickets: $10 at the gate. Tickets are available at Dragon Stadium Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Carroll finished fourth in District 4-5A and will face District 3-5A champion Arlington Martin in the Class 5A bi-district round series starting Thursday. Click here to follow the Lady Dragon softball team on GameChanger.
Carroll (17-12) vs. Martin (24-3) – Bi-District Playoff Series
Game 1: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at Workman Park #2 (701 East Arbrook Drive. Arlington)
Game 2: Friday, 6:30 p.m. at CSHS
Game 3: (if necessary) Saturday, Noon at CSHS
Tickets: $5 adults; $3 students
Carroll blasted Arlington Martin 65-7 in a bi-district playoff at Cowboys Stadium to earn its 10th consecutive victory and begin its title defense in impressive style. The Dragons (10-1) produced 604 yards of offense and held a 28-0 after the first quarter.
Quarterback Kenny Hill was razor sharp finishing 16-of-17 with 256 yards and three touchdowns passing. He also added six carries for 137 yards and two TDs, topped by his amazing 64-yard scoring run in the second quarter. It helped Carroll build a 49-0 halftime lead. Hill did not play in the second half with Dragons holding a comfortable lead.
The Dragons’ starting defense did not yield a score and had a momentum-building interception in the first quarter that led to a Dragon TD.
Carroll advances to face El Paso El Dorado in the area round at 6 p.m. Saturday at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium. El Dorado is coming off a thrilling 34-33 victory against Odessa Permian.
Luke Timian had two TD catches for the Dragons and Ryan Weigel led with 108 yards on four catches. Dragons running back A.J. Ezzard also added eight carries for 82 yards and two TDs.
Carroll (10-1) vs. El Paso El Dorado (7-4) – Class 5A Division I Area Playoff
Date: Saturday, Nov. 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Site: Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium
Radio: 100.7 FM
Note: Winner faces Trinity-Mansfield winner
FORT WORTH – Thursday evening at TCU, the Carroll Dragons and Martin Warriors met in Game 2 of the Class 5A Region I Final series. After losing the series opener, the Dragons sent Texas A&M-bound Greg Maisto to the mound to save the Dragons’ season. Maisto was nothing short of incredible, and led the Dragons to a 2-0 Game 2 victory. Maisto threw a complete game one-hitter on 109 pitches, silencing the explosive Martin offense. Maisto had six strikeouts walked three. After the game, Maisto said, “I was confident. I knew I had my stuff tonight. The two-seam was really working tonight. Staying alive in the playoffs is a great feeling.”
The victory moved the Dragons to 7-0 in playoff elimination games.
On the offensive side, the scoring started early for the Dragons. After a lead off walk by Chris Altimont and a sacrifice bunt by Kansas State signee Ben Sego, junior third basemen Kenny Hill stepped in. On the first pitch, Hill ripped a double that one hopped the left-center field wall, scoring Altimont form second base.
“It was a fastball, pretty much right down the middle, a little up,” Hill said. “I knew I had to do something tonight after going 0-for-3 last night. It felt great.”
The Dragons would not score again until the bottom of the sixth inning. Hill led off the inning off with a walk, advanced to second on another sacrifice bunt, this time by the senior designated hitter Nick Arst. Hill then stole third base on the third pitch with center fielder Tyler Barnes hitting. With a 2-2 count, Barnes hit a deep sacrifice fly to the left fielder, which scored Hill from third. Barnes is 4-fo-5 in series. Talking about what has changed lately, Barnes said, “I’ve just had an aggressive approach at the plate, I’m seeing the ball great.”
The deciding Game 3 is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at TCU’s Lupton Stadium. The winner advances to the Class 5A State Tournament next Friday in Round Rock. When asked about what he is looking forward to most about Saturday, Hill said, “Winning another one. We still want more.”
FORT WORTH – Game 1 of the Class 5A Region I Final series between Arlington Martin and Carroll ended with a 7-3 Martin victory. Martin right-hander Collin Day, who has committed to Duke, threw 5 2/3 innings, only allowing three runs and five hits before a crowd of 2,500 at TCU’s Lupton Stadium. Closer Mike Hoffman followed Day and threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to seal the victory for the Warriors. The teams return to action in Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lupton Stadium.
Dragon starting pitcher Sean Thompson was bounced after two innings of work and gave up three runs and five hits and threw 54 pitches. Senior reliever Austin Tyrone, who had only a few appearances this season, threw three and 2/3 innings and allowed two runs and had seven strikeouts. Offensively, the Dragons were only able to rally five hits against the tough Martin pitching. Junior catcher Hayden Zier had a key two-run double in the bottom of the 5th inning, scoring Tyler Barnes, who lead the inning off with a single. Sophomore Drew Brown also in the inning. Senior second baseman Darien McLemore added a home run in the bottom of the sixth, which the scoreboard in right-center field. Barnes also had a single earlier in the bottom of the second inning for the first hit of the game. Wednesday’s game also included a 30-minute lightning delay in the sixth inning.
The Dragons are in a familiar position. Carroll has won six eliminations games during the playoffs and lost the first game of two best-of-three series (Marcus, El Paso Montwood).
Adult tickets are $6 and students are $4. Stadium open at 6:30pm.