Smithson Valley falls to
CC Moody in baseball playoffs
Trojan pitchers stifle Ranger hitters
By John Kastner
Corpus Christi Moody had streamline pitching as it limited Smithson Valley to three hits over two games as they swept the Rangers 3-1 and 10-0 in Class 5A playoff action May 27-28.
Against the Trojans, the Rangers had one hit the first game and only two in the second and final game.
High school pitchers here in Texas are in a unique class of their own. Most coaches feel they either can get a starting assignment or they will pitch from the pen.
For Kendal Volz and Alan Hill, the past season has been a charm. Volz finished 9-2 while Hill ended with a 10-4 overall mar as the Rangers ended the season with a sound 22-9 mark, perhaps the best in quite sometime for the starters.
The Rangers had their backs to the wall throughout the entire series as they were tabbed as a solid "underdog" from the start. Moody had been a good strong number-one-rated squad for much of the season in stern competition in the torrid Coastal Bend area.
Hitting never made the record book. As for the Trojans, hitting at a .550 clip made the clear cut at the end especially with the long ball, coupled with extra-base hitting.
Playing their final game as seniors were Kevin Jones, Vince Mann, Hill, Sammy Massey, Jay Warnke, Brett Laxton and Wes Creech. "We are losing a great number of special seniors this season that will be hard to replace come next season," Coach Proctor said.
Proctor had nothing but praise for the Moody team. "Moody did a great job of hitting the ball throughout the series and they really played hard and deserved to win.
"We faced two of their best pitchers and they were super-sharp," he added.