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Southlake Carroll baseball is no stranger to the UIL baseball State Tournament. This season marks the team's 10th appearance as they look to get their third state title since 2018 (sixth overall). VYPE DFW takes a look at the Dragons' season so far and lays out what fans can expect from this team.
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The Dragons finished second in their district with a 10-2 district record (32-8) overall. The team has been able to make timely plays and big hits in order to continue their streak of dominance in the Dallas-area. With strong athletes who show up ready to compete each practice and gameday, the Dragons have forged a path for themselves that led right back to the state tournament. So far in playoffs, the Dragons have defeated Keller Fossil Ridge, Hurst L.D. Bell, El Paso Americas, Frenship, Coppell, and most recently last year's state runner up Keller.
Defense wins championships. The Dragons defense has been full of playmakers this season. Athletes who are skilled at reading the other team's offense on a regular basis have helped lead Southlake Carroll to the biggest stage in the state. Owen Proksch and Griffin Herring combined to strike out 40 batters and pitch 27 scoreless innings over the last two rounds of playoffs. At the plate, Ben Tryon has been a force to be reckoned with. Tryon is batting .478 with five doubles, one home run, and eight RBIs in the last eight games. In the playoffs, Cole Bedwell has posted a .421 average while Ethan Mendoza is batting .364 with six runs and five RBIs. A skilled pitcher, Proksch is also a great batter- he has recorded seven RBIs.
Currently on a 14 game win-streak, Southlake Carroll is on a mission this season- to bring the title back home. Fort Bend Ridge Point (35-5) is another team that has an incredible lineup. They aren't going to be a cake walk for the Dragons. In fact, this might be the toughest, most important game that the Dragons play all season. Fans can expect strong defense on both ends with big hitting. This game is going to come down to the wire and keep everyone on the edge of their seats.
The game is expected to start at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.
As the UIL Baseball State Tournament continues to move forward at full force with plenty of teams already being eliminated and one team already claiming a title, there are still teams yet to play their semifinals matchup. One of the many Dallas-Fort Worth area teams gearing up to go on Friday morning are the Gunter Tigers. VYPE DFW takes a look at their season so far and what fans can expect in the semifinals.
Gunter has had one of their best seasons yet. Going 36-1 overall with an undefeated district record (14-0), the Tigers have been poised and focused from the start. With big victories and timely plays, Gunter has been on track to get to this point all season. The team has outscored their opponents by a combined 255 runs this season and is looking to continue to widen that gap as they go for their first state title since 1998.
With six batters batting .300 or better, the team is strong at the plate. Led by sophomore Cade Dawson who boasts a .515 batting average, the team will be ready to hit hard out the gate. Mason Saddler (.330), Riekkhen Bostick (.320), Colson Woods (.357), Trey Oblas (.480), and more can be expected to have big games at the plate as well. Defensively speaking, Bostick has gone 14-0 from the bump this season while Isaac Vilanueva has gone 13-1.
The team is ready for this moment. Although Corpus Christi London (24-13) is a tough opponent, fans can expect to see Gunter make it to the biggest stage. The focus and drive that the Tigers play with is unmatchable and will get them to the next level. With timely plays and big hitting combined with quick base running, expect to see the Tigers put a stop to C.C. London's attacks.
The game is expected to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 10 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas.