If the playoffs are supposed to build in drama by the game, Saturday's second game of the Bi-District playoffs did not follow the script.
Although both games in the Bi-District series over Coppell will be statisically registered as come from behind victories, Saturday's second game of the best two out of three series held none of the edge of your seat drama of game one. Yes, Coppell tallied the game's first run on a solo homer in the bottom of the 1st off of Carroll starter Joe Steeber. But a solo home run on this day could be forgiven. While Irving Nimitz is a great venue its dimensions are not large. Balls that were considered pop ups at Dragon Field were going to the edge of the wall today.
Trailing 1-0 in the 2nd inning SLC went to work. They platted four runs in the 2nd and would not trail again this weekend. The inning started innocently enough with a small little line drive to right field by second baseman Riley Garcia. Nine more batters would proceed to the plate in the second inning. The Carroll offensive machine would roll out five hits, plate four runs and essentially end the series. Although in this tiny ballpark a three run lead never felt secure. No problem because the Dragon offense wasn't done. They scored five more in the 4th inning to balloon the margin to a 9-2 game. And then Brandon Howell would launch his 3rd home run of the season toward right to expand the margin to 10-2. Coppell would make one last desperation gasp to save their season scoring three in the home half of the 6th to turn the 10-2 game into a 10-5. That would spell the end of the day for Joe Steeber who picked up the win to improve his record to 3-2 on the year. Ryan Pehrson would enter for a second time this weekend to induce a lineout from Coppell freshman third baseball Walker Polk.
From there it was just a matter of counting outs for Carroll Baseball, 24-11, and clearing your calendars for next weekend. We don't know an opponent yet. All we know is that due to STARR testing the games cannot start before Thursday.
Offensively on the day the Dragons were led by a multitude of players as Brandon Howell, Cade Manning and Riley Garcia each had 2 hits and Justin Grech led the team with 3 hits. The Dragon offense worked over the Coppell pitching staff tallying 25 hits in the two game series.
Congratulations to your 2019 Bi-District Champs. You just bought yourself a ticket to the second round.