ROUND ROCK - In sports, like the movies, the sequel usually doesn't quite live up the to hype. That was the case Thursday afternoon as Big Sandy run-ruled Muenster 13-3 for their first baseball State Championship, though the Wildcat players and fans will likely remember this one for years to come.
Last season it was Muenster spoiling Big Sandy's first trip to State, 6-2. This time around the Hornets took an early 2-0 lead only to see Jacob** * team fire back with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the first. The Wildcats showed great plate discipline, drawing five walks that led to a big inning. In all Big Sandy scored four runs on no hits to start the game. The combination of five Hornet walks and two errors gave the purple and white plenty of momentum.
Broch Holmes (11-1) picked up the win for the Wildcats for a second-straight day. After pitching two scoreless innings against New Deal in the semifinals, the junior pitched five inning complete game, scattering seven hits while only giving up one earned run. Thanks to walks and errors, Parker McGrew (9-2) was tagged with the loss despite not giving up a single earned run. McGrew was charged with four runs in two-thirds of an inning of work.
With a comfortable 7-3 lead in the fifth Big Sandy would explode for six runs to clinch the title. The clincher came with one out when Anthony Parrish singled to right center, scoring both Holmes and Brandon Hendrix.
Leading the way for the Wildcats at the plate was the 2A Tournament MVP Hendrix. The junior went 2 for 2 with a double and pair of walks while driving in a run. Anthony Parrish also had a big afternoon, finishing the day with 3 RBI.
For Head Coach Jacob** **** it was special to win another title for Southeast Texas. "You know people don't realize that we have great programs from football, basketball, baseball and track in Southeast Texas. So I'm glad we're bringing home another State Championship home to the area."