HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Round Rock trounces Bridgeland in first round

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Ther weather couldn’t delay the Round Rock baseball explosion. 

What started as a three-game series and shifted venues multiples times over a few days ended with a dominant win for the Dragons, who downed Bridgeland 13-2 on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs. 

“Our kids decided they weren’t going to let the weather get them down,” Round Rock head coach John Carter said. 

Next up for Round Rock is a three-game series against Oak Ridge beginning Friday at the Pete Bienski Athletic Complex in Mumford. Game 3 will be held at the same place on Saturday if needed. 

But in the first round, the Dragons showed the pop they’ve had all season. 

Julius Villareal collied with the first baseman to allow Jared McKenzie for Round Rock in the first. Cameron Dayton walked and Reagan Doss mashed a three-run home run to extend the lead to 4-0 after four hitters. 

Bridgeland changed pitchers and got out of the inning, but the image was done. The Draggon scored again in the third, twice in the fifth and three times in the sixth inning to run away with the game. 

Dayton threw 67 pitches while Sean Swain tossed 10 pitches in relief. 

“We had a double-double with double-digit hits and runs,” Carter said. “It was a pretty powerful performance.”

The Dragons lost just twice during the district schedule on their way to a District 13-6A title, and the one thing that stands out to Carter about this squad is their ability to stay level headed. 

“We’ve been pretty consistent knock on wood,” Carter said. “This is one oft he best hitting teams we’ve had here in a while up and down the lineup. Guys are picking each other up when they’re not having the best day.”

Oak Ridge has been solid all year, too. 

The War Eagles finished third in District 15-6A behind The Woodlands and Klein Oak, but showed they have just as much pop as the Dragons in a dominant 13-2 win over Westfield, the runner-up from District 16-6A, in the first round. 

“We’re going to play a team that’s similar to us in my opinion,” Carter said. “It’s going to come down to who plays the best defense. Both teams swing the bat pretty well and pitch pretty well. It’s going to come down to who can manufacture runs and put pressure on the defense.”

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