The Brock Eagles' best baseball season since 2012 came to an end late last week as they were swept by Van Alstyne, 4-3 and 7-2, in the Class 3A Region II finals.
The Eagles finished 27-9, coming up short of their first state tournament since 2012.
It was also the end of a very successful first season for head coach Hart Herring.
"It was a special season for us. We made a great run," Herring said. "I'm proud of the kids and the way they battled all throughout the season. They showed a tremendous amount of determination."
The Eagles held leads late in both games against Van Alstyne (33-2). In the opener Brock led 3-2 before giving up the tying run in the fifth and winning run in the bottom of the seventh. In the second game, Brock led 2-1 before surrendering six runs in the top of the seventh.
Brock had swept its first four playoff series. This included a thrilling 4-3 and 5-4 triumph over Parker County rival Peaster in the third round.
"Even though we didn't reach our ultimate goal of winning a state championship, we have a lot to be proud of," Herring said. "Making the regional finals and winning four playoff series is a big accomplishment."
The Eagles extended their streak of playoff appearances to 16 consecutive seasons. They have reached at least the second round 12 straight years.
Class 3A Region II Finals
▪ Van Alstyne 4, Brock 3
Brock hitting: Titus Gossett 1 hit; Jordan Andrae 1 hit, 2 RBI; Gabe Mendoza 1 hit; Doc Bruner 1 hit; Jansen Ivie 1 hit, RBI.
Brock pitching: Gossett (loss) 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 strikeout, 4 walks; Seth Boleman 0 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks.
▪ Van Alstyne 7, Brock 2
Brock hitting: Gossett double; Bruner 1 hit, RBI; Boleman 1 hit.
Brock pitching: Boleman (loss) 7 innings, 8 hits, 6 earned runs, 7 strikeouts, 6 walks; Christian Stites 0 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk.
Brock record: 27-9.