By Mark M Johnson
For the first time since 1990, and when Andy Petitte was on the mound, the Deer Park Deer made a trip back to the state finals, only this time, they won the state title.
It’s stories like Deer Park’s that have made this such a memorable postseason.
FB Travis looked like an unstoppable force coming just a game shy of reaching their first state tournament appearance. (Although, they did have the best season in school history).
Ridge Point was just a strike away from elimination and not only did they come back and win the game to avoid the sweep, they also took game three and advanced over district 17-6A champs Cy Ranch.
Speaking of which, Cy Ranch displayed another incredible season and very well could have given Deer Park a run for their money if they had gotten that last out in game 2 of the regional quarter-finals.
Another team that surprised us in the postseason was North Shore. After putting a fight for the 21-6A title only to come up just short, they reached the region III semi-finals.
Katy is another team that rebounded well. In 2016 the Tigers looked poised to make a state title run but had wins taken away from them due to ineligibility. They did their best making up for that by nearly taking out the eventual regional finalist Travis and were mere outs away from a regional title appearance.
George Ranch was on a roll towards the end of district play even claiming a state rank because of how well they were playing. Which is why it was so surprising to see them fall in the area round of the playoffs.
After many players graduated in 2016, Kingwood was led by a couple of standout freshman athletes this season. The Mustangs earned their first district title since 2010 and even captured a bi-district championship.
The Gators of Dickinson found themselves the winners of district 24-6A. Even throughout the playoffs the Gatos never reached double-digit losses.
Pearland had another successful season. The Oilers defeated a Clear Falls team that, going into the playoffs, had won five of six games against Alvin, Dickinson, and Clear Creek. Thus showing how vigorous Pearland is.
Tompkins and Cy Woods are teams that didn’t win their district either but still have 2017 bi-district champions indented in their programs history now.
We all had our guesses and probabilities about how the 2017 postseason could have gone.
If there would have been a high school baseball version of bracketology, I’m guessing there would have been a lot of broken brackets.
Although a team ultimately decides the game, an individual stands out amongst others and presents that presence of dominance.
These are the 2017 Texan Live 6A Baseball Postseason MVP nominations: