Cypress, TX News – Cypress Ranch Clinches Second State Baseball Title in Four Years

Cypress, TX News (June 15, 2015) – The Cypress Ranch High School baseball team won its second state championship in four years, defeating Arlington Martin High School, 3-0, on June 13 in the Class 6A state title game at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

The Cypress Ranch Mustangs celebrate their 6A state championship at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

The Cypress Ranch Mustangs celebrate their 6A state championship at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.


The Mustangs (30-6) shut out Martin (28-5) behind a solid pitching outing from senior Brent Hebert (6-1), who threw five innings of five-hit ball with two walks and two strikeouts. Hebert was named the Championship Most Valuable Player for his effort.

“This is the best feeling in the world, honestly,” Hebert said. “We came out here to Austin, and after all we’ve been through, there’s no better way to finish my career. We knew coming in that we would have to play our best ball, and we came ready to play today. I’ve never been more proud of a team.”

The Mustangs were led offensively by senior Elijah MacNamee, who continued his hot streak in the postseason with a 2-for-2 effort and a run scored.

“When I got walked in the seventh I stood on base and said, ‘Wow, that was my last at-bat of my high school career. I just went 2-for-2 in the state championship.’ As a team we executed so well all year. We found any way we could to get on base. That’s why we were such a good team. The bond we had was so special.”

Head coach John Pope, who led the Mustangs to their first championship in 2012, said it was tough to compare both championship teams.

“It’s hard to say. Both had good defense and good hitting and fought hard,” he said. “We have an expectation here where the kids get used to winning, and playing in a tough district prepares you for this stage. This team came together and battled through it all year. This is what we do all that hard work for. We did it again, and I’m so proud of our kids.”

Senior shortstop Ryan Leftwich, who was a member of the 2012 state championship team as a freshman, relished beginning and ending his high school career with a championship.

“This is amazing, this is the best thing that could ever happen to us,” he said. “I’m so happy for our boys. This is the Year of the Mustang.”

Pope said he was grateful for all the support from the school, district and community as the team advanced to their ultimate goal.

“All of our fans who have been coming down here, the school, the community, the administration – they’re invaluable to us,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a better place to work and better people to work with and be around.”