The Cypress Ranch High School baseball team defeated A&M Consolidated High School, 4-1, in the Class 5A state baseball final at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock to clinch its first state championship.
The Mustangs (32-8) had a strong pitching performance from junior Zach Brosch, who improved to 8-0 after throwing 5 2/3 innings of four-hit ball with one earned run and four strikeouts. Junior pitcher Jonathan Whitley relieved Brosch in the bottom of the sixth and helped Cypress Ranch out of a bases-loaded jam by forcing a two-out pop fly to right field.
Sophomore designated hitter Dalton Stark and sophomore left fielder Bryce Johnson led the Mustangs at the plate, both going 2-for-3. Sophomore center fielder Corbin Martin was named the Class 5A State Tournament Most Valuable Player after going 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored in the title-clinching game. Senior second baseman Bryce Stark, sophomore first baseman Derek Dickerson and senior third baseman Justin Monsour all also recorded hits in the victory.
Cypress Ranch junior Zach Brosch delivers a pitch during the Mustangs’ victory
Superintendent of schools Dr. Mark Henry, who places them around the
waiting necks of players Derek Dickerson (20), Grant Slaughter (17)
and Austin Strickland (3)
The 2012 Class 5A state champion Cypress Ranch Mustangs
display their gold medals at home plate of Dell Diamond