Baseball Roundup – 4/26

Hyde Park Wraps Up Unbeaten District Slate
The Hyde Park Panthers concluded their perfect district play with an 8-0 win over the Reicher Cougars. Starting pitcher Jason Ruffcorn was almost perfect for the Panthers, medical allowing just one hit and striking out 11. Offensively, remedy Carson Taylor collected three hits while Caleb Stark added two hits. Senior Matthew Williams drove in 3 for the Panthers.

Brazos Christian Clinches Outright Championship
The Brazos Christian Eagles secured the top seed in district on Monday night and clinched the district title outright on Tuesday in a 11-10 win over Legacy Prep. The long ball helped the Eagles win again as Garrett Fleming went deep while Cooper Kay blasted two home runs, cheap one a grand slam. Brazos Christian is 9-0 in league play and can finish off a perfect district schedule with a win over Covenant Christian in their next game.

Concordia Ends St. Thomas Unbeaten Streak at 28
Concordia Lutheran traveled to St. Thomas and took down the last remaining unbeaten team in TAPPS baseball. Concordia scored five runs in the fourth inning and four runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead. The Crusaders scored three earned runs on Nolan Ludholm and six runs on Cameron Cash, the recent Claremont McKenna College commit. St. Thomas would push across four runs in the bottom of the seventh. These two teams conclude their season series on Thursday in Tomball. St. Thomas has clinched at least a share of a district championship and can claim an outright title with a win Thursday or in their final game versus Kelly Catholic.

Battle For Second Heating Up After Emery Win
Three teams sit at 7-4 in the TAPPS 5-4A baseball standings after Emery Weiner defeated Lutheran South 3-2 on Tuesday night at Reckling Park. Jacob Grzebinski was outstanding on the mound. The junior lefty struck out 11 and allowed two earned runs in the complete game effort. Junior Evan Sack led the Jaguars at the plate with a double, a run scored, and one RBI.

Emery Weiner, Northland Christian, and Cypress Christian are 7-4 and each has a game remaining against district champion Second Baptist. Cypress Christian had an opportunity to get a game up on Northland and Emery but dropped a game to Katy St. John XXIII on Tuesday. Cypress Christian will face Northland Christian in a road game on Thursday that will go a long way in determining who gets the second seed in this district and gaining a first-round bye in the playoffs. Emery has the easiest path with games remaining against Fort Bend Christian and Westbury Christian, who sit at 7th and 8th in the district standings.