Thursday, April 19, 2012
Baseball: No-hitter keeps Granbury in title hunt
By Travis L. Brown
The Granbury baseball team (12-13, 8-4) had to win Tuesday’s District 7-4A game against Crowley to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
There was no question who Granbury coach Brad Hart would give the starting nod to for the important match, his senior ace Wade McClintock, who lost to Crowley, 2-0, earlier in district play.
McClintock not only led his team a 2-0 win and a playoff berth, but he also picked up his first career no-hitter.
“It was a cool deal, without a doubt, especially with so much on the line,” Hart said. “That was a huge game for us to lock up that playoff spot and stay in the race for the district championship and everything that went along with that. I had no doubt he was our guy even though he faced them the first time. I had no doubt.”
The senior, who is working for a college scholarship, boosted his resume by striking out 15.
Crowley managed only two base runners in the game -- one by a dropped third strike and another by walk.
It wasn’t until the fifth inning that Hart realized his pitcher was on the verge of a no-hitter and joined with the rest of the team in the traditional vow of silence toward McClintock.
McClintock sat down the final three batters in order and was greeted by a group tackle from his teammates.
“To be honest with you, I expected a good performance out of him and he came out and topped it with a no-hitter,” Hart said.
Once the dog pile cleared and McClintock had a few minutes to let his achievement set in, he was as amazed as anyone else on that field, Hart said.
“I think he just smiled a lot.” Hart said. “I don’t think he knew what to say.”
Sachse outfielder turning heads
Earlier this week, ESPN HS featured some of the top outfielders in the Class of 2013, which included one Metroplex star.
Sachse center fielder Eric Williams definitely has the stats to back up the high praise this season.
As his team’s No. 3 hitter, Williams is batting .405 with one home run, two triples and five doubles, which contribute to a .485 on-base percentage and a .587 slugging percentage.
In center, Williams can showcase his powerful arm, which coach Chris Burrow utilized on the mound last season and will again his senior year, throwing around 87 mph with a good breaking ball.
Williams has already verbally committed to Texas Tech as a junior, allowing him to play a stress-free remainder of his high school career as the team’s spark plug.
“He’s very high energy and works hard,” Burrow said. “He takes extra cuts a lot of the time. He does everything I ask him and is one of those guys that tries hard.”
Martin falls, but remains nationally ranked
Arlington Martin took a tough loss to Arlington Heights that dropped the Warriors in the ESPNHS Fab 50 poll this week, but they remain the only area team in the poll at No. 46.
Martin sits atop District 4-5A with a 12-0 district record and a 22-2-1 overall record.
The Warriors have three games remaining this season, including a nondistrict matchup with South Grand Prairie at 1 p.m. Saturday.