It is awards season here at VYPE!
We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2021 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Over the next two weeks, we will be unveiling the finalists for the player of the year awards. Team and Coach of the Year awards will be announced LIVE during the Fourth Annual VYPE Awards.
The winners will be honored in a one-hour virtual show on Sunday, June 27 at 6 p.m. on VYPE Houston's website, Twitter account and on the VYPE Texas Facebook page and YouTube Channel! It will be an event to get dressed up for and to tune in to as it will be an evening full of special moments!
Let us get it started! Here are the finalists for Public School Baseball Player of the Year!
PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Cameron Cauley, Barbers Hill
Cauley helped lead the Eagles to their first state championship. The Texas Tech signee was a stalwart in the middle infield for Barbers Hill. The 5-11, 171-pound Cauley hit .445 this season.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Ryan Montgomery, Strake Jesuit
The 6-1 Montgomery was essential in leading the Crusaders to the Class 6A state tournament for the first time in program history. Montgomery hit .270 and went 1-1 as a reliever for Strake Jesuit. During the postseason, he produced big hit after big hit as the Crusaders made their storied run.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Izaac Pacheco, Friendswood
The Texas A&M signee hit .543 with 34 RBIs and five home runs in helping Friendswood go 31-3 and make a run to the Class 5A regional finals. The 6-4, 210-pound Pacheco also stole 19 bases and had an on-base percentage of .670. He is unlikely to ever wear an Aggies uniform, however, as Pacheco is expected to hear his name called early on during next month's Major League Baseball draft.
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The beat played on…
Hallsville brought old paint buckets, milk jugs, old drums and empty water coolers from the office, banging and shaking on them for seven innings in the Class 5A state title game against Barbers Hill.
It wasn't enough as Barbers Hill captured its first ever state baseball championship 2-1 in a game that had a little bit of everything from big-name recruits to controversy.
So, let's paint the picture at the beautiful Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.
Texas Tech signee and Barbers Hill shortstop Cameron Cauley made a spectacular play in the top of the first, then led off with a single and scored in the bottom of the frame as it seemed like the high-scoring Eagles were on their way.
Not so fast. Hallsville lefty (TCU 2023-commit) Landon Bowden calmed down and held Barbers Hill scoreless for the next four innings as the bangin' Bulldogs scored on an error in the third to tied it up at 1-1.
The Hill's Maddox Malone (5-1) went 3 2/3 before being relieved by Raithen Malone.
Barbers Hill Coach Denny talks road to title @BH_Athletics #uiltexas pic.twitter.com/pwA7QwHnjw
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And the drums got a little louder...
Then came the bottom of the sixth. Hallsville's Bowden was pulled after a walk and an error by the first baseman to put two on. Reliever Bayden Hodges entered in a tough situation.
It then got really weird. A sac fly moved the runners to second and third with one out. Another sac fly looked like it gave Barbers Hill the lead 2-1. But, wait a minute.
It was ruled that Barbers Hill's runner on second left early and that made it a double-play to end the innning, nullifying the run. Hallsville took the field and the umpire flipped the ruling in Barbers Hill's favor.
The run would score, but the double-play held.
It was the timing of the appeal. When the Hallsville outfield caught the ball that was out number two. The runner tagged and scored. The umpire did rule that the runner from second left early and he was called out. But the appeal was after the run had crossed the plate.
2-1 Barbers Hill.
Barbers Hill Senior Cameron Cauley talks about title@TexasTech @BH_Athletics @CauleyCam pic.twitter.com/yWWYZcTBMM
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But the drums kept beating for Hallsville.
However, Malone went 1, 2, 3 on the top of the seventh... ball game and state title.
Raithen Malone was named the game's MVP.
What a year it's been for Barbers Hill, who won the state championship in softball last weekend and the baseball team followed suit.
By the way... the drums eventually stopped.