Brotherly Bonds

Baseball team loses to Anderson in round one sweep, after 7-3 finish in district play, tiebreaker win over Pflugerville

Caleb Wiesenhutter, Reporter

As the bright lights shine down on the baseball field, sophomore Kamden Kelton steps up to the plate in the last district game against McNeil. With a close game currently, and a tight district race, it is a much needed win for the Tigers, and Kelton knows this. The pitcher readies himself, and releases the blazing ball towards the plate. The loud pop of the bat fills the air as the ball launches off Kelton’s bat like a rocket.

“We were able to finish district well,” Kelton said. “We started putting things together, such as our team chemistry. We started working together a lot better and everyone was playing for each other and not playing selfishly. People started being more open to the roles that they’re in, they’ve got more into it and realized that they are there for the team, so it was a good deal.”

The Tiger’s season got off to a slow start in non-district play, playing a very tough non-district schedule according to head coach Tom Collins, and after losing both games against Round Rock to open district play, turned things around. The Tigers went into playoffs with a match-up against Anderson after winning 7 of their last 10 district games, and a tiebreaker against Pflugerville to clinch the final spot.

“We knew we wouldn’t be left out of the playoff mix,” Collins said. “I felt blessed to be in the position we’re in. We’ve had guys step up this year, such as junior Jaylen Williams, and seniors, Derrick Johnson, Logan Garza, Koby Kelton, and the rest of the senior class all helped lead the team this year and did a great job all season.”

The year ended for the team, after being swept by Anderson in their matchup May 5 and 6. According to senior Logan Garza though, there are positives to look back on.

“It was really good to see us as a team just grow and bond,” Garza said. “We came together in games and just being together so much, and the emotions of everything ending were shown when some of us seniors were crying after our last game. Everyone grew, from our sophomores to our seniors, and I wish we could’ve won more, but it doesn’t always work out like that.”