How about Barbers Hill throwing a heavyweight like Friendswood for a loop with a series sweep?!
Meanwhile, the challengers -- Magnolia West, Lake Creek and La Porte -- took care of business as usual to advance to the Regional Semis in the UIL Baseball playoffs.
The four remaining Houston teams prepare to duke it out on the diamond, and the fans can’t wait to see what transpires.
Time to tee up this week’s matchups…
H-Town 5A Standouts: Blake Brown (Sr. IF)--Lake Creek
Barbers Hill Eagles v. Magnolia West Mustangs
2022-23 Barbers Hill Baseball
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Barbers Hill Eagles
2022-23 Regular Season: 21-10-1/District 17-5A Champions
Head Coach: David Denny
- Bi-District: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 3-1, Game 2: W 6-5) v. Galveston Ball
- Area Round: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 4-2, Game 2: W 11-10) v. Foster
- Regional Quarters: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 8-2, Game 2: W 12-3) v. Friendswood
Magnolia West Mustangs
2022-23 Regular Season: 24-4/District 21-5A Champions
Head Coach: Travis Earles
- Bi-District: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 10-0, Game 2: W 10-0) v. Killeen
- Area Round: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 6-3, Game 2: W 8-0) v. Pflugerville
- Regional Quarters: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 10-0, Game 2: W 11-0) v. Lake Belton
In case you've been living under a rock for the past week, Barbers Hill stunned the 2022 State Finalist Friendswood -- in a two-game sweep, no less.
Hats off to the Eagles pitching (senior right-hander Briley Van) and a well-positioned defense, which hindered Friendswood's formidable lineup.
SHSU-signee Jace Martinez (Sr. SS) and Odessa College-signee Gage Kimble (Sr. C) were the driving forces behind the Eagles' offensive push, while senior outfielders Carson Garrett (Tarleton State-signee) and McKade Massengale made significant contributions as well.
Barbers Hill's next obstacle is a red-hot Magnolia West group.
Similar to the Eagles, the Mustangs are on a postseason tear, having yet to drop a single game through the first three rounds. Most recently, Mag West left Lake Belton stunned, outscoring the Austin team 21-0.
The deadly pitching duo of seniors James Ellwanger and Caylon Dygert was simply too much for the Broncos to handle. Meanwhile Jackson Blank (Sr. OF/P) continues to shine in the playoffs, evidenced by his game two performance -- 4-for-4, 2B, HR--which punched the team's ticket to Round 4.
Of all the Class 5A games set to take place this week, this is the one you won't want to miss.
2022-23 Magnolia West Baseball
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Lake Creek Lions v. La Porte Bulldogs
2022-23 Lake Creek Baseball
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Lake Creek Lions
2022-23 Regular Season: 20-9/Finished 2nd in District 21-5A
Head Coach: Jeremy Schramm
- Bi-District: 11-1 Win v. Shoemaker
- Area Round: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 5-1, Game 2: W 6-0) v. Austin McCallum
- Regional Quarters: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 11-2, Game 2: W 2-0) v. Georgetown
La Porte Bulldogs
2022-23 Regular Season: 22-8-1/Finished 2nd in District 18-5A
Head Coach: Ricky Torres
- Bi-District: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 4-2, Game 2: W 5-0) v. Goose Creek Memorial
- Area Round: Series Sweep (Game 1: W 7-0, Game 2: W 9-1) v. Waltrip
- Regional Quarters: 2-0 Win v. Fulshear
Lake Creek athletics is enjoying a phenomenal final stretch of the Spring season.
With their softball team already in the Regional Finals, and the baseball program having the opportunity to do the same this week, it is a great time to be a Lions' fan.
The two-punch knockout of senior pitchers -- Weston Moss (RHP) and Jackson Wilkerson (LHP) -- stifled Georgetown's batters to the tune of 9 Ks for Moss in Game 1. Wilkerson followed this up with 11 strikeouts of his own, while combining for a shutout with relief pitcher Jack Haag (Sr. RHP) in the series clincher.
Juniors Sam Lee (OF) and Leighton Scott (IF) led the Lions' lineup in the opener, going 3-for-4 and 2-for-4 on the night, respectively. Game two wasn't nearly as flashy, but Blake Brown (Sr. IF) and Parker Smith (Jr. C/P) each drove in a run to secure Lake Creek's sweep of Georgetown.
Likewise, La Porte put together a hard-fought win against Fulshear to earn a spot in the Regional Semis.
Junior OF Landon Kay had yet another successful outing, contributing an early RBI that gave the Bulldogs the push they needed to overcome Fulshear's relentless bullpen.
The ball clubs will meet at Humble High School, beginning this Thursday with hopes of keeping their playoff hopes alive.
Some of the stars of 2022-23 La Porte Baseball
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