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Brazoswood Baseball- State Champs!!
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A Perfect Ending for the Brazoswood Buccaneers
Brazoswood wins Class 5A State Baseball Title
Courtesy of the Austin-American Statesman
Saturday June 11, 2011
THE DELL DIAMOND ROUND ROCK, TX — The Brazoswood Buccaneers got things done in the bottom of the sixth inning this weekend.
A day after a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth gave them the lead in a state semifinal, the Buccaneers scored five sixth-inning insurance runs in a 10-3 victory over Lubbock Coronado at Dell Diamond. The championship win gives Head Coach Bobby Williams and Brazoswood (34-8), the 2011 Class 5A title and first since 1992. Brazoswood now has three State Championships under its belt.
Brazoswood remained perfect at 12-0 throughout the playoffs in 2011 and ace pitcher Brandon Bergen closed out his season at a perfect 16-0.
"It's really important to us," Brazoswood junior third baseman Dalton Perry said. "The last couple of years we've been really close to getting to state and it's just great to bring it home."
Much like it did when William Easter homered in Friday's 4-3 win over Klein, Brazoswood secured Saturday's win in the sixth inning. The Buccaneers went into the sixth with a 5-3 lead, and with two outs, the top of the Brazoswood batting order rallied against reliever Paxton Bartley. John Ermis drew a walk, James Cantu doubled and Perry's two-run single chased Bartley from the game.
Coronado senior Steven Parker entered but was pulled after hitting a batter and giving up a two-run single.
Bryson Mitchell, the final pitcher for Coronado (33-16), gave up back-to-back singles before getting an inning-ending groundout.
Brazoswood sent 10 hitters to the plate in the sixth and scored five times.
" It gave us a lot more breathing room ," Perry said.
Brazoswood shortstop William Renner went 3 for 3 with four RBIs and two runs scored to earn MVP honors. The Buccaneers also got a boost from their bullpen.
Junior Justin Dellinger inherited a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the fourth inning and retired the first six batters he faced.
Brandon Bergen, who pitched seven innings Friday, relieved Dellinger with two on and one out in the seventh and got a flyout and a strikeout to end the game.
"We have a lot of depth," said Dellinger, who twice retired Coronado cleanup hitter Blake Bass, a Texas Tech signee . "We can keep throwing another good pitcher (who is) just as good as the last one.
WP- Justin Dellinger 4-0
LP- O' Neill 6-3
Highlights: BW: Perry 2-3, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI. Renner 3-3, 2 R, 4 RBI. Easter 3-4, RBI. Cantu 2-4, 3 R, SB.
LC: Johnson 1-3, R, 2B, RBI.
Will Easter breaks out the big bat as Brazoswood denies Klein a return state game, Bucs thunder into 5A Finals
Friday June 10, 2011
THE DELL DIAMOND, ROUND ROCK, TX - William Easter’s three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning awoke Brazoswood’s dormant offense, lifting the Buccaneers (33-8) into Friday’s state championship game with a 4-3 win over Klein.
Easter — who was hitting .240 for the season — hammered a 1-2 pitch with two outs into the lower level of bleachers at Dell Diamond, scoring Dalton Perry and Michael Pyeatt. Easter hit his home run off Klein pitcher Evan Rutter, a left-hander who has signed with Rice.
Brandon Bergen, with the 4-3 lead, sealed Brazoswood’s win in the seventh, striking out Rutter to end the game.
Klein (31-11) scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings and appeared to be cruising to its second straight Class 5A championship game with Rutter on the mound. Klein catcher Mitchell Nau had three hits for the Bearkats.
BOXSCORE CLASS AAAAA TEXAS SEMI-FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Brazoswood (REG III CHAMPS)- 4
Klein (REG II CHAMPS)- 3
R H E
Brazoswood 0 0 1 0 0 3 — 4 4 0
Klein 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 — 3 10 1
WP: Bergen (16-0) LP: Rutter (13-2)
HR: BW: Easter
Highlights: BW: Easter 1-2, 3 RBI. Bergen 7 K. Pyeatt 1-2, RBI. K: Nau 3-4, 2B. Holeman 2-3, RBI. Rutter 7 K
Records: Brazoswood 33-8. KHS 31-11.
The Region I vs. Region IV Semi-Final:
Lubbock Coronado blasts Corpus Christi Carroll, 10-0
Friday June 10, 2011
ROUND ROCK —- Blake Bass doubled twice and drive in six runs to power Lubbock Coronado past Corpus Christi Carroll —- the defending state champions —- 10-0 in five innings at Dell Diamond.
Bass, Coronado’s first baseman, knocked in the game’s first three runs with a first-inning double and capped the scoring with a bases-clearing double in the fifth.
Taylor Bridges pitched a one-hitter, and leadoff hitter Brayden Blackwell was 3 for 3, scoring twice.
Carroll (34-7), which committed five fielding errors, was shut out for only the second time this season. The Tigers had won 23 of their last 24 games.
The Mustangs (33-15), who were unranked entering the state playoffs, have scored at least 10 runs in nine of their 16 playoff games.
BOXSCORE CLASS AAAAA SEMI-FINAL
Lubbock Coronado (Reg I Champ)- 10
CC Carroll (Reg IV Champ)- 0
R H E
CC Carroll 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 5
Lubbock Coronado 4 0 3 0 3 — 10 10 2
WP: Bridges (7-2) LP: Dumes (9-2)
Highlights: LC: Blackwell 3-3, 2 R. 2-4, 2 2B, 6 RBI. CC: Dumes 1-2.
Records: CHS 34-7. Coronado 33-15.
Congrats to the 2011 Brazoswood Babe Ruth 14 Yr Old All-Star Team headed to the 2011 Babe Ruth World Series.
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Baseball Blog- an Editorial
June 8, 2011
Seen and read regarding Klein (Houston Chronicle Blogs):
"Maybe when the Klein Bearkats spank BWood we will finally get an article in the Chon. BWood back for first time in 19 years and Klein returning for second straight year....which one is more impressive? Once in 19 years or twice in 2 years? You be the judge. Is BWood even a suburb of Houston? Last week the Chron didnt even report where and when Klein & Klein Oak were playing. Oh and good luck to the kid heading to UH, your current HS team might be better than the Coogs baseball team."
Courtesy A Klein Fan (Houston Chronicle Blog)
"I for one am with you K17. I can't see how BWoof can hang with your arms. They will throw that rinky dink lefty (Bergdork or whatever his name is) they have and y'all will pound him and move on to the MUCH ANTICIPATED REMATCH of last years final. BWoof...your luck has run out. Who needs skill when your lucky? Apparently, y'all prove that luck is better than skill...but luck only lasts so long. KLEIN WILL BE THE STATE CHAMPION OF 2011 5A BASEBALL!!! Because BWoof can't hit and their pitching is suspect at best."
Courtesy another Klein Fan (Houston Chronicle Blog)
Website Response and Klein scouting:
This sounds like the last idiotic Memorial Baseball supporter who predicted that Houston Memorial would sweep the Bucs in two run-ruled games. Maybe this guy should go into the prediction business with the other idiot- Harold Camping, who recently predicted the rapture would end the world not long ago. As we all know the tables were turned but no run-rules luckily for our Memorial friend.
You can read the above remarks and the overwhelming Bwood response to these idiotic posts at the Brandon Bergen story on Houston Chronicle online- High School Sports, "New ace shining for Bucs".
Just so we don't get it wrong, our site is not trying to bash Klein, but we must insist upon supporting 24-5A Baseball. Yes Klein has a rising baseball tradition along with Klein Oak, The Woodlands, and Spring to name a few of the North Houston powerhouses, but so does Brazoswood. Klein is the latest program trying to join the elite Houston-area baseball programs which include: Brazoswood, Bellaire, and Elkins (all multi-year state champions in 5A baseball).
Striking similarities between the Bwood and Klein programs
Only 86 miles apart, Brazoswood and Klein are quite similar. Both programs have been to state and won. Both programs have graduated numerous college and professional baseball players. The teams usually play one another in non-district as they did this year and both had a somewhat rough start to the 2011 season as most high school teams usually do.
Klein started the year 1-5 and Bwood experienced a shaky Klein Tournament (losing to Klein 1-11 but did beat one of the top 13-5A teams- Klein Collins 5-4 in that tournament). Both the Bucs and Klein were predicted to finish behind other teams in their districts.Klein was expected to finish behind Klein Collins in 13-5A and Bwood was expected to finish behind Clear Springs and be neck and neck with Clear Creek in 24-5A.
None of that matters now as both teams have become a different animal. Seeing as the Bucs lost handily to Memorial twice earlier in the year and then smashing Memorial in the Region Finals, it should be a lesson learned that this Bwood team is not the same and has evolved with every playoff series.
The Bucs have been to the State Tournament four times while Klein has been five times.
Bobby Williams versus Barry Smith
Both of these coaches have played at the State Tournament as high school players, won a State Championship as a coach, and coached several winning teams, as well as producing numerous college and professional baseball players. Bobby Williams played shortstop on the 1979 State Semifinalist Bwood team and was the pitching coach for Bill Poland on the 1992 State Champion team. Barry Smith played pitcher on El Campo's 4A State Champion and has coached the 1998 Klein State Champion team. Both coaches have coached at their respective schools for many years.
Led by great players
Klein is led by their stud pitcher Evan Rutter (13-1, Rice signee) and Corey Ray (9-3, Texas A&M signee). The Bucs are led by Brandon Bergen (15-0, Alvin Junior College), Bobby Franklin (8-3, San Jac), Michael Pyeatt (batting .432, UH signee), and both teams have a slew of standouts with great team chemistry. Klein is led by sluggers Andrew Santacroce (.356), Reese Jefferies (.362), Connor Belvin (.382), and Phillip Holeman (.283). Bucs are also led by sluggers Dalton Perry (.337), William Renner (.322), John Ermis (.357), JC Cantu (.386), and Josh Ward (.300) to name a few.
In turn, Klein has graduated: pitcher Matt Purke '09 (TCU), Josh Barfield '01 (Cleveland Indians), Chris George '98 (Florida) to name a few. Bwood has graduated Tyler Green '09 (Arizona Diamondbacks), Brad Lincoln '03 (Pittsburgh), and Matt Vern '06 (TCU), to name a very few.
Expect Klein to start Ray against the Bucs and go with Rutter if things get hairy for KHS. Don't forget that all teams are equal at the State Tournament because anything can happen in a one-game series and ace pitchers must be used and conserved accordingly to try and make it to the State Final. Expect all teams in the tourney to be scouting each other.
Corpus Christi Carroll (Head Coach- Lee Yeager) and Lubbock Coronado (Head Coach- Gary Hix) await the winner of the Bucs and Klein.
Carroll is led by standouts Courtney Hawkins, and O'Shea Dumes. Carroll and Klein battled for the 2010 Championship. With Carroll alum Brooks Kieschnick in the stands, Carroll won for the first time in its team history. Carroll has graduated Marc Blackmar '10 and Adam Hinojosa '10 off that team.
Lubbock Coronado is traditionally overshadowed by its district rival Lubbock Monterey (Monterey has made it to State 13 times). Coronado also made it to state in 1995 (Coronado lost to Elkins that year 6-0 in the 1995 5A Championship).
Schooling the PROS:
What do Jose Cruz, Jeff DaVanon, Nolan Ryan, Rocky Coppinger, Craig Biggio, Andy Pettite, and Roger Clemens all have in common?
Answer- Correct, they all played professional baseball, but as it relates to us, these guys are part of a select group who have all had their kinfolk beaten by the Bwood baseball team at one time or another. Some of these games have been quite memorable, and all these guys either attended the games or played against the Bucs in their respective series.
Now it's no secret that many pros reside in the Houston area and its suburbs. Naturally, we have the Houston Astros and many of these guys have had something to do with the Stros program at one time or another. Also naturally, the Bucs play the best programs around Houston and that includes the top private schools such as St. Thomas.
Nolan Ryan's sons Reese and Reid were both well known around Alvin and both played baseball at Alvin. Unfortunately for them, their 1992 Yellowjackets fell victim to a Bwood team that had a date with destiny and the 1992 State Title. With Nolan Ryan watching at the Astrodome, Bwood destroyed Alvin 11-1 in the 1992 Region III Final. Reese is currently the CFO of the Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks baseball teams. Reid went on to play at TCU and was drafted by his dad's team- the Texas Rangers in 1994. Reid is currently the CEO and president of Ryan-Sanders Baseball.
Jose Cruz was in the stands at Butler Stadium in 1991 watching his son Jose Cruz Jr. and the nationally-#1 ranked Bellaire Cards get swept 2-0 by the Bucs. Jose Cruz Jr. went on to play with Rice, the Seattle Mariners, Toronto, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Boston, and finally the LA Dodgers over a nine year career in the big leagues.Jeff DaVanon (Bellaire) was another victim of the 1991 Bucs. DaVanon played for the '91 Cards against the Bucs and would go on to become an outfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also played designated hitter. DaVanon came up through the Oakland Athletics system before being traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as a minor-leaguer in 1999. Prior to the 2006 season, he signed a contract with Arizona.
Next, Rocky Coppinger would experience Buc Baseball in the 1992 State 5A Semi-final when Coppinger pitched for the El Paso Coronado Thunderbirds. Coppinger was highly touted by the hometown El Paso paper which stated that the Bucs "had probably never seen a pitcher like Coppinger before". Coppinger and his mates met a buzzsaw named Mark Senterfitt, going down 10-0 and being no-hit in the '92 Semifinal. Coppinger was drafted by the Oakland A's but would be traded eventually playing for the Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers, playing in the Majors from 1993-2001.
Craig Biggio (Mr. 3000 hits for the Astros) would find himself coaching his sons Conor and Cavan in the elite TAPPS League at St. Thomas. Craig is head varsity baseball coach at St. Thomas High School. Biggio coached St. Thomas to back-to-back TAPPS state baseball titles in 2010 and 2011. The Bucs and Mr. Biggio have enjoyed some shootouts over the last couple of years. Biggie beat Bwood at Wilson Field in 2010, and the Bucs won a crazy shootout at St. Thomas 19-18 this year. St. Thomas is a 21-time State Champ in the Texas private school leagues.
Andy Pettite is a life-long resident of Deer Park and like his former teammate- Roger Clemens, has kids playing for his town's baseball team. Josh Pettite was a member of the DP team that met the Bucs in the 2011 Region III Quarterfinals losing 14-9 and 2-1. Andy was in the stands at Wilson Field for game two of this year's series.
Most recently, "The Rocket" Roger Clemens witnessed his son Kacy and the Memorial Mustangs fall victim to the Bucs at the 2011 Region III Championship series. Watching from the Butler stands Roger saw Kacy start game one and never recover from the barrage of Buc hits as the Bucs built an early lead and won 8-6.
MaxPreps Baseball Top 20 in USA June 21, 2011
1. Broken Arrow (Okla.), 36-2
Oklahoma 6A state champions. Season over.
2. Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.), 30-2
California Central Section Division I champions. Season over.
3. Maize (Kan.), 25-0
Kansas 6A state champions. Season over.
4. Owasso (Okla.), 37-2
Oklahoma 6A state runners-up. Season over.
5. Archbishop McCarthy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), 28-3
Florida 4A state champions. Season over.
6. Spanish Fork (Utah), 29-3
Utah 4A state champions. Season over.
7. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 35-4
Nevada 4A state champions. Season over.
8. Alonso (Tampa, Fla.), 23-5
Florida 6A state champions. Season over.
9. Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City, N.J.), 31-2
New Jersey Non-Public B champions. Season over.
10. Washington (New York City), 45-2
New York PSAL Class A champions. Season over.
11. West Boca Raton (Boca Raton, Fla.), 27-4
Florida 5A state champions. Season over.
12. Jesuit (New Orleans), 29-5
Louisiana 5A state champions. Season over.
13. Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), 27-5
Arizona 5A Division I state champions. Season over.
14. Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.), 34-4
Arizona 4A Division I state champions. Season over.
15. Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.), 29-4
California Southern Section Division IV champions. Season over.
16. Howell (St. Charles, Mo.), 32-3
Missouri Division 4 state champions. Season over.
17. Brazoswood (Clute, Texas), 34-8
Texas Class 5A state champions. Season over.
18. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), 25-1
19. Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 23-1
NYSAISAA champions. Season over.
20. La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.), 25-4
New Mexico 5A state champions. Season over.
Final 2011 5A Texas High School Baseball Coaches Poll- Top 10
2. Lubbock Coronado
4. Corpus Christi Carroll
5. Houston Memorial
6. Hurst L.D. Bell
7. Klein Oak
8. Laredo Alexander
9. Sugar Land Clements
Brazoswood High School is a Class 5A school in Southern Brazoria County, Region III, District 24-5A and competes with the: Alvin Yellowjackets, Friendswood Clear Brook Wolverines, League City Clear Creek Wildcats, League City Clear Springs Chargers, Houston Clear Lake Falcons, Pearland Oilers and Dickinson Gators.
The 2011 Bucs- going all the way:
2011 District 24-5A Champion
Region III Quarterfinal Champions
Region III Semi-Final Champions
Region III Champions
State AAAAA Semi-Final Champion
Texas State AAAAA Champion!!!!!
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