The Cavaliers are in the regional semi-finals for only the second time in school history Vype
Surprising run has Cavaliers in fourth round of 6A playoffs.
There’s a recurring theme in the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” where the outlaws are being chased by a relentless posse of lawmen.
Butch and Sundance cannot shake the nameless, faceless group from their trail as they watch the burning torches from the horseback posse getting closer in the night sky.
At one point Butch asks Sundance “Who are these guys”?
The Houston baseball community is now asking the same question about the College Park Cavaliers.
“Who are these guys”?
The Cavaliers had to finish off a pesky Conroe squad the last game of the season just to garner the fourth and last playoff sport in district 12-6A.
With a regular season record of 14-16 (7-7 in district) the Cavaliers got hot quickly and have made an astonishing run through the playoffs. Breezing through the first three rounds with their only loss coming to Rockwall-Heath in the first round.
Led by “switch pitcher” Brandon Garza, who amazingly pitches from either side of the mound with either hand, the Cavaliers are in the regional semi-finals for only the second time in school history.
The first time being way back in 2009.
Only a junior, the ambidextrous Garza will most likely start game one and is 3-0 in the playoffs with key wins over Rockwall-Heath, Pearce, and Oak Ridge.
“We have to go as hard as we can this week,”said Garza.
“Its the fourth round and we’re losing for a win this Thursday to get things started.”
Also contributing mightily for the Cavlaliers are senior infielders Travis Washburn and Luke Trahan, who each homered in the final game against Oak Ridge.
Cavalier Coach Jason Washburn has his team primed for an another upset against a Round Rock team that finished the regular season 32-8 and ranked #11 by TxHighSchoolBaseball.com.
“Its going to be a really good series,” said Washburn.
“And its going to be the best show in town starting Thursday night (in Huntsville.)”
The Cavaliers will play their opening round game Thursday night at 6pm at Sam Houston State’s Don Sanders Stadium. Due to graduation ceremonies Friday night the series concludes Saturday evening at Dell Diamond Stadium in Round Rock with the second game of the series starting at 5:30pm.
A third game, if necessary, will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the prior days game.
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