Cypress, TX (June 13, 2016) The Langham Creek High School baseball team completed a dream season on June 10 in Round Rock, losing a 2-0 game to a tough Dallas Jesuit team in the UIL Class 6A state semifinal at the Dell Diamond.
The Lobos surrendered two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly from the Rangers, who will meet San Antonio Johnson in the state championship game.
Langham Creek finished with three hits and stranded seven runners on base.
“We just didn’t get the base hit when we needed it,” said Langham Creek Head Coach Armando Sedeño. “That would have been a different type of game, but it wasn’t, and there’s nothing we can do about it.”
Senior starting pitcher Connor Ferguson closed out his high school career with 5 solid innings pitched, allowing seven hits and two earned runs.
“All I can say is we had a heck of a run. I’m so proud of my team and we’ve grown so much,” Ferguson said. “We went into this year not expected to make the playoffs and here we are a top-four team in the state. They just had our number today. They had that one inning and we couldn’t overcome that.”
The Lobos, who tied for runners-up in District 17-6A, finished with a 30-13 overall record. They accomplished what no Langham Creek team had before, advancing past the regional semifinal round.
“Out of the three years I’ve played with varsity, this year we had the least raw talent. We’ve had to overcome that and work harder than we ever have before, and the results show,” Ferguson said. “This is hard because I’ve played baseball since I could pick up a bat. I’ve had some great memories and, win or lose today, I’d say we went out with a bang. We proved so many people wrong and it feels good to say we overachieved.”
Sedeño, who said the team adopted “one game at a time” as its mantra early in the season, credited the 2016 Lobos with buying into and trusting their leadership.
“I think they believed in the coaching and they were prepared,” he said. “Some of our other teams have had a little more talent but they didn’t believe. This team really took what we said to heart, and it helped out a lot.”
Senior Mikey Hoehner, a veteran leader on the team, said it was bittersweet to complete his high school career at the state tournament.
“This whole week it’s been a little different knowing it’s our last practice,” he said. “But it’s kind of warming because you know you left it on the field and you really gave it your all. For us to be one day short of playing the last game of the season… that’s something really special.”
Sedeño said the Lobos will bounce back and prepare for the 2017 season.
“We’ll be working out next week, getting ready for whatever comes our way,” he said.