After winning their first four series of the 2015 post-season with ease, the Cypress Ranch Mustangs lost their first game on Thursday night. The Mustangs dropped Game 1 of a 3 game series against the Wildcats of Clear Creek. In a defensive battle, consisting of very few hits, the Wildcats won the game 1-0 on a walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the 7th inning. Facing elimination in Game 2, Cy Ranch needed to find their offensive rhythm quickly.
The Mustang defense showed fans early on that they came to play, but it was the offense that needed to produce in Game 2. After retiring 3 of the first 5 batters, Cy Ranch headed into the bottom of the 1st with no damage done. Lead-off hitter Tyler Bielamowicz reached first base on an error and Ryan Leftwich walked to put the first two hitters on. Elijah MacNamee then proceeded to sac bunt, moving Bielamowicz and Leftwich into scoring position. Marshall Skinner stepped up to the plate and knocked a single into the gap, scoring 2 runs, giving the Mustangs a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st.
Brent Hebert continued his dominance on the mound throughout the game and great defense by Texas State commit, Ryan Leftwich, kept the 0 on the scoreboard for Clear Creek. After scoring 2 more runs in the 4th, Cypress Ranch got some more insurance with a late run, making the game 5-0. Hebert pitched 6 complete innings, only allowing 5 hits and 0 earned runs but in the 7th inning, Mason Hibbeler came in to record the last 3 outs of the game.
RBI’s from Marshall Skinner, Weston Brown, Hayden Evans, and Elijah MacNamee helped the Cy Ranch offense come to life in Game 2. Cypress Ranch won Game 2, 5-0, forcing a Game 3 back at Reckling Park the following day. The winner of Game 3 would win the series and advance to Round Rock for the state tournament.
As Game 3 began, it looked to fans as if it would be similar to Game 1, very little offense. The score was knotted at 0 until the Bottom of the 3rd, when Cy Ranch’s Marshall Skinner knocked in 2 runs on a base hit. 2 more scoreless innings and great defense kept the Wildcats in the game, 2-0 Mustang lead heading into the 6th. In the bottom of the 6th, the Mustangs tacked on 4 insurance runs, increasing their lead to 6-0. Now just 3 outs away from the win, a trip to Round Rock looked to be in Cy-Ranch’s future. Tyler Bielamowicz pitched a complete game shut out for the Mustangs as they became just 1 or 4 teams left in Division 6A.
Cypress Ranch will take on Dallas Jesuit in the Division 6A Semi-Finals on June 12 in Round Rock. Good luck Mustangs!
Written by: Gabe Henderson