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.
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
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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
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.
PLANO – The Dragon baseball team was pushed to a third game in their Class 6A Bi-District series last Saturday.
Carroll packed plenty of offense and pitching into the elimination game against Plano for an 11-0 run-rule victory at Plano Prestonwood’s Graham Field. Plano forced Game 3 after a 5-4 victory in eight innings in Game 2.
In the deciding game, Dragon junior pitcher Nicco Cole threw a two-hit shutout. The Dragons scored seven runs in the first inning, keyed by first baseman Nik Millsap’s bases-loaded double. The game was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule. Carroll added three runs in the third inning and for a 10-0 lead.
Carroll (24-10-1) advances to face Waco Midway in a best-of-three area round series starting Thursday. Midway defeated Irving Nimitz in the first round.
In Game 2, the Dragons were led at the plate by designated hitter Wyatt Stapp. The senior had two hits and four RBI.
Carroll vs. Waco Midway — Area Round Series
Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday, Glen Rose High School
Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday, Glen Rose High School
Game 3: (if necessary) 3 p.m. Saturday, Glen Rose High School
*Glen Rose High School is located at 1102 Stadium Dr, Glen Rose, TX 76043
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.