Southlake Carroll dismantled Arlington Martin 9-0 on Saturday at Dallas Baptist University’s Horner Ballpark, sweeping the Class 6A Region I final series in two games.
Carroll (32-10) advances to its first UIL state tournament since 2008. Martin had denied the Dragons in the 2012 and ’13 regional finals.
Carroll sophomore right-hander Cutter Sippel (9-0) struck out 10 and limited the Warriors (31-9) to three hits. The Dragons outscored Martin 14-0 in the two games.
“I just tried to tune everything out and throw as many strikes as possible,” Sippel said. “I was just trying to focus on myself and that getting outs was the most important thing. My curveball was working, and the cutter inside felt pretty good, too.”
Martin left-hander Kenneth Waller (14-1) struggled with control from the start.
The Texas Tech signee walked the first four batters he faced, got an out when a runner was caught stealing, then hit the next batter before being relieved with Carroll ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning.
The Dragons added three more runs in the bottom of the second, on two walks and three consecutive singles. Wyatt Stapp’s single drove in two runs and Carroll led 4-0.
The lead grew to 7-0 in the fifth inning, highlighted by shortstop Jake Murphy’s triple into the left-field gap that drove in two runs.
Sippel did his part against Martin by holding the Nos. 3, 4, and 5 batters to one hit, with five of his 10 strikeouts coming against the trio.
Pitch-count rules denied Sippel a chance to get the complete-game victory when he reached 109 with two outs in the seventh. Reliever Nicco Cole need one pitch to induce a grounder to second that ended the contest.
“Cutter came alive today and really came out,” Carroll coach Larry Vucan said of Sippel. “We had to really, really keep them off balance.”
Wakeland 5, Legacy 1
Frisco Wakeland jumped out to a four-run lead in the second inning and beat Mansfield Legacy (29-12) to sweep the Region II final and advance to the Class 5A state tournament.