A new power emerged on the Texas baseball landscape over the past decade as Cypress Ranch reached state three times and won the title twice.
Under the direction of legendary coach John Pope, the 'Stangs combined solid pitching, a stingy defense and clutch hitting to become the top team in Houston. Pope also won a state title at Cy-Fair in 2007.
Ron Eastman's Highlanders of The Woodlands also flexed their muscles, winning in 2013 and reaching state in 2018. Staying up north, the Tomball Cougars have also had tremendous success over the past 10 years with a title in 2013.
Deer Park also had a run, winning in 2013 and holding the No. 1 ranking in the country during the decade.
VYPE's TOP 10 BASEBALL TEAMS OF THE DECADE
No. 1 Cypress Ranch, 2012 (Class 5A) State Champs
MLB P Corbin Martin was the MVP. Stark and Slaughter played big roles
No. 2 Tomball, 2013 (Class 4A State Champs)
Now Miami Marlin Robert Duggar was the ace. Nick Banks, Eric Dunbar, Anthony Lucas and Josh Covery were big-time ballers
No. 3 Deer Park, 2017 (Class 6A State Champs)
Adrian Gonzales, Keng, Aguilar and Martin were the lead Deer
No. 4 Cypress Ranch, 2015 (Class 6A State Champs)
The Ranch Hands were LOADED with Gossett, Hebert, Skinner, Hibbeler, Leftwich, MacNamee and Bielamowicz
No. 5 The Woodlands, 2013 (Class 5A State Champs)
Carter Hope anchored a squad with Alex Dunlap, Luke Sherley and Kolbi Brown
No. 6 Brazoswood, 2011 (Class 5A State Champs)
No. 7 Ridge Point, 2019 (Class 6A State Runner Up)
No. 8 Klein, 2010 (Class 5A State Runner Up)
No. 9 The Woodlands, 2018 (Class 6A State Semis)
No. 10 Pearland, 2014 (Class 5A State Semis)
ROUND ROCK – Going against what had become a theme of its playoff run, Ridge Point didn't have another comeback left in the tank.
Early errors paired with a struggling bullpen became too much for the Panthers to overcome as Southlake Carroll capitalized on every single one of their mistakes.
The Dragons scored 11 runs in the third inning and blew out Ridge Point 17-0 to claim the Class 6A State Championship on Saturday at Dell Diamond.
"We've used this word the whole time through the playoffs, they've shown their resiliency," Ridge Point coach Clinton Welch said. "I don't know how many times we were down but it was a lot. Of course, we got down 4-0 in the first inning of this game too and just one time too many."