ROUND ROCK – It has been a big week for Dallas Jesuit senior Kyle Muller.
Days removed from being named the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year and less than 24 hours since being taken in the MLB Draft with the 44th overall pick by the Atlanta Braves, Muller was back on the mound on the biggest stage in Texas.
In the UIL 6A State Semifinal against Langham Creek on Friday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, the Texas signee tossed a complete game shutout leading the Rangers to the 6A State Championship with a 2-0 victory.
The Lobos (30-13) didn’t have an answer for Muller the entire game, mustering up only three hits in the loss. Muller finished going seven innings, giving up no runs on the three hits, while walking four and striking out nine.
In the fourth inning, Jesuit finally broke through against Langham Creek starter Connor Ferguson.
After giving up a pair of singles, Will Guzman, who finished the day 2-for-3 with an RBI, doubled over the head of the right fielder, driving in McCoy Lopez, making it 1-0. On the next batter, Matt Horvath added to his RBI total with a sacrifice fly to left-center, scoring Jared Bond, pushing the lead to 2-0.
Ferguson would last just one more inning in the loss. Ferguson finished going five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits in the loss. With the lead in hand, Muller slammed the door the rest of the way allowing just five base runners and none of those to score.
The loss ends the season for Langham Creek. This trip to the UIL State Tournament marked the first in program history.