Baseball: Mustangs eye another run in 2012
Memorial baseball saw its season end in an all too familiar way.
The Mustangs dropped its Region III-5A final series against Brazoswood, 2-0, to conclude their season for the second straight year.
"Of course it's disappointing and frustrating," said Memorial head coach Jeremy York. "So many people would give anything to be where we have been the last two years. We have to look at the positives to not be frustrated and disappointed."
York said he was proud of his team again, but he knows it was another tough loss to end the season.
"I told the guys after the game that I knew it hurt and that it's never easy," York said. "The things we needed to do didn't happen for us, but only five teams in Texas from 5A to 1A end the season with wins."
Against Brazoswood, the Mustangs fell 8-6 and 12-5.
"Brazoswood was better than us those two night," York said. "They executed, and we didn't. The bottom line is we needed to play solid defense, throw strikes and get timely hits, and we didn't do that enough. Brazoswood did. It is hard to swallow right now, but in the overall scheme of things, not many teams can say they won 32 games this year."
The Mustangs reached the playoffs by winning District 19-5A in its first year in the district. Memorial came-from-behind to beat Bellaire in the first round in a three-game series, 2-1, before sweeping Langham Creek in the area round and Seven Lakes in the regional quarterfinals.
Memorial got past Clements in the regional semi-finals by winning the final two games after losing the first one. That series win came after the Rangers eliminated the Mustangs from the playoffs last year.
"We have set the bar high, and we want to get there again," York said. "What I hope happens is the kids see the other teams celebrating the last two years because they are going to Round Rock and use that as motivation to get better. Some guys have seen that twice in a row, so I hope they use that in the offseason as a reason to get better. We want to be the ones celebrating going to Round Rock."
The Mustangs lose eight seniors off this year's team with Harris Rome, Wayne Taylor and Carter Burgess being the big three. Rome, Taylor and Burgess each are going to NCAA Division I schools.
The three will play in the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Association All Star Game June 21 and 22 at Rice University, and Taylor was selected to play in the Texas Baseball Coaches Association All Star Game June 19 at Dell Diamond in Round Rock.
Beau Rathjen, Boomer White and Kacy Clemens headline the group coming back next year.
"It is going to be difficult to replace Harris, Wayne and Carter, but we don't try to replace them," York said.
"We ask that the guys come in and step into their roles and keep the tradition and expectations alive. We want to continue what we've done here the last two years and get to state."
Local Advertising by PaperG