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Season ends one round short of state for Brock

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.

Baseball

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.

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