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.
The Dragons, the defending state champions, claimed the 6A Region I tournament title in Arlington and were led by top medalist Colin Kober. The rest of the championship team included Max Kettler, Caden Honea, Mason Greenberg, Brandon McKelvey and Jacob Kelber.
The Lady Dragons finished as the 6A Region I runnerup. Lady Dragon Malak Bouraeda tied for second overall and led the way for the Lady Dragons. The rest of the regional runnerup team included Emily Martin, Emily Zhou, Simrin Gill, Karen Lee and Gaby Kackley.
The Carroll Dragons will look to defend their Texas State Division I 7-on-7 state championship this week.
The 7-on-7 event will be held July 11-12 for Class 6A and 5A schools at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station. Carroll moves to 6A in 2014. Carroll’s four-team pool includes Channelview, The Woodlands and Wichita Falls.
The Dragons are led by senior-to-be quarterback Ryan Agnew, who guided the team to the title last season. He returns with a cast of new receivers this season. Keep up will all the scores on the 7-on-7 website.
Following the Dragons’ 16-0 football season that ended with a championship, the Dragon 7-on-7 team is looking to complete a state championship run of its own. The Dragons will compete in the two-day state 7-on-7 tournament beginning Friday, Saturday July 20-21 in College Station.
The team is led by senior-to-be State Championship MVP quarterback Kenny Hill, who has committed to Texas A&M. The Dragons are in 5A Division 1 and will begin pool play Friday. The Dragons will play a tripleheader with the first game at 1 p.m. against Houston Stratford and follow at 3 p.m. against Corpus Christi Calallen and 5 p.m. against Houston Klein Collins.
Other local teams that qualified for the state tournament in Division 1 include Colleyville Heritage, Arlington Bowie, Arlington and Arlington Lamar. Follow the Dragons in the tournament on www.state7on7.com.