The Class 6A state baseball tournament is Friday and Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Southlake Carroll (32-10-1) meets Deer Park (33-8-1) in the 4 p.m. semifinal. Round Rock (31-7) faces San Antonio Reagan (30-8) in the 7 p.m. semifinal.
The winners advance to the state championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday. Carroll is returning to the state tournament for the first time since 2008.
We break down the four participants.
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Coach: Larry Vucan
Playoff Road: d. Plano 6-2, 4-5, 10-0 (bi-district); d. Waco Midway 3-2, 6-1 (area); d. Allen 16-7, 3-1 (Region I quarterfinal); d. Keller Fossil Ridge 9-2, 6-1 (Region I semifinal); d. Arlington Martin 5-0, 9-0 (Region I final)
State appearances: 1982, 1983, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2017
Notable: The Dragons are arguably the hottest team in Texas in the postseason. They’ve won nine consecutive playoff games, with sweeps in their last four series … Senior right-hander Kole Ramage and sophomore left-hander Cutter Sippel have combined for 20 wins … Carroll has a 1.35 earned run average in the postseason … .Carroll cleanup hitter Wyatt Stapp is batting .514 with 16 RBI in 11 postseason games.
Coach: Chris Rupp
Playoff Road: d. Humble Summer Creek 5-4, 12-2 (bi-district); d. Pearland 1-0, 7-5 (area); d. League City Clear Springs 0-1, 6-1, 3-2 (Region III quarterfinal); d. Fort Bend Ridge Point 7-0, 1-4, 5-2 (Region III semifinal); d. Fort Bend Travis 2-3, 3-0, 2-1 (Region III final)
State appearances: 1964, 1975, 1990, 2017
Notable: It’s taken a long time for the Deer to return to the state tournament. But look at their tournament history, and it has spanned several generations … .most of the individual batting averages won’t impress. But this is a team that has prided itself in timely hitting … pitchers Adrian Gonzales (8-1), Peyton Sherlin (9-3) and Clay Aguilar (8-1) have combined 25 wins.
Coach: John Carter
Playoff Road: d. Austin Akins 11-1, 11-1 (bi-district); d. Houston Memorial 9-2, 11-1 (area); d. Klein Collins 3-0, 1-2, 5-3 (Region II quarterfinal); d. Rockwall-Heath 3-0, 7-0 (Region II semifinal); d. Pflugerville Hendrickson 4-1, 7-4 (Region II final)
State appearances: 1997, 2003, 2017
Notable: These Dragons have enjoyed a similar postseason to the Carroll Dragons, with only one playoff loss … pitchers Luke Malone and Grant Miller are 10-game winners … sophomore outfielder/pitcher Jared McKenzie has impressed this season, hitting .409 … during the tournament season, Rockwall threw four shutouts in five games.
San Antonio Reagan
Coach: Chans Chapman
Playoff Road: d. Buda Hays 7-1, 4-0 (bi-district); Smithson Valley 5-0, 3-8, 11-0 (area); d. San Antonio Johnson 7-2, 2-0 (Region IV quarterfinal); d. San Antonio Southwest 9-1, 6-1 (Region IV semifinal); d. San Antonio Churchill 4-0, 5-4 (Region IV final)
Notable: The third team in this Final Four with only one playoff loss … junior right-hander Cal Carver has dazzled this spring with a 13-2 record. He’s verbally committed to Texas … The Rattlers offense has been very impressive. It has scored nine or more runs 14 times … Reagan’s pitching also dominated in the playoffs. It allowed two or fewer runs in nine of 11 postseason games … .senior pitcher Jake Hoggatt has been hot in the playoffs.