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DRAGON BASEBALL LEARNS VALUABLE LESSONS IN CALIFORNIA

Dragon Baseball learns valuable lessons in California

JAY ARMSTRONG

Dragon Athletics | 2/26/2019

PHOTO CREDIT: Dragon Baseball SmugMug

Dragon Baseball - For those who just glance at records from this weekend and see a 1-4 start from the defending 6A State Champions, you are missing the true story.

Two of the three teams Carroll faced in California were ranked in the National Top 10, including Orange Lutheran who is ranked #1 in the nation by Perfect Game. Valley Christian, Carroll's season opening opponent, is also ranked #5 in the nation by Perfect Game. And the Dragons were a strike away from a season opening doubleheader sweep over the Crusaders before a cruel bouncing ball up the middle sent that game to extra innings and started the four game weekend losing streak.

Dragon Baseball, 1-4, may see one other team with as much talent as any of the California teams they faced this weekend, as the remainder of the 2019 schedule is against Texas public high schools. All three of the California teams the Dragons faced are private schools with Orange Lutheran having 11 Division 1 commits. They are simply loaded!!

For history's sake let us harken back two seasons. In Larry Vucan's debut season as Carroll's head coach, the team also started with a road trip tournament to Houston that year. The team came home with a 1-3 record. That team went on to reach the 2017 state semi-finals.

The most important thing earned in California was that the 2019 Dragons are now a group that will be bonded together for the season. Starting Thursday, Feb. 28th Dragon Baseball begins a six game tournament that will begin in Flower Mound and culminate with the first ever Southlake Baseball Tournament. Thursday the team takes on Aledo at 4pm and then faces Flower Mound HS at 7pm, both at Flower Mound HS.

If you don't want to miss a pitch this season, download the Dragon Sports App for your listening convenience. Chuck Kelly will have all the play-by-play. The games can also be accessed online. Listen at DragonSportsNetwork.com. Click Broadcast then Live Now. Adjust the volume as it automatically defaults to mute.
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