While Carroll and Flower Mound haven't met that much over the years, when they do met their match ups are usually epic. So of course in the district 5-6A opener tonight the game would hang in the balance until the last six outs.
While Carroll entered the game with an 11-3 record, there is truly not much adversity in tournament play. So one can make the argument that trailing 2-0 tonight, going into the bottom of the 3rd inning, in what many predict to be the district title series opener, was the biggest adversity SLC has faced this season.
It took them all of four batters to erase the deficit. The Dragons scored 2 runs on 4 hits in the 3rd inning to knot the game at 2 apiece.
Kyle Warden came on in the top of the 6th to relieve Adam Stephenson and work out of a jam. So the pendulum swung SLC's way in the bottom of the 6th. They loaded the bases on a double, a walk, and a bunt single. Will Quillen came to the plate and walked to force in a run. Then relieve ace Warden strolled to the plate and lined a 2 run single himself to stake SLC to a now much more comfortable 5-2 lead. A sacrifice fly would notch another for the game's final margin of 6-2.
The win went to Warden in relieve, his 3rd, which leads the team. Adam Stephenson drew the start for SLC and pitched 5 l/3 innings while striking out 5 Jaguars.
The Dragons are now 12-3 overall and obviously since this is the district opener 1-0 in district. Up next they face a stiff road challenge traveling to Flower Mound on Friday, March 16th at 7pm.