Cypress, TX (June 6, 2016) The Langham Creek High School baseball team defeated Deer Park High School in a best-of-three Region III-6A final series to qualify for the school’s first-ever trip to the UIL Baseball State Tournament.
The Lobos (30-11) lost the first game of the series, 9-0, on June 2-3, before responding with a 3-2 Game 2 win on June 3. They took the third and deciding game of the series, 4-0, on June 4, to secure CFISD’s third state tournament appearance in five years (Cypress Ranch, 2012 and 2015).
“It’s like I told the guys after the first game, just flush it. Anytime something bad happens, just flush it. We came back to work the next day,” said Langham Creek Head Coach Armando Sedeño. “I think our district is the toughest district in the state of Texas. When you look at teams like Cy-Fair and Cy Ranch, we knew coming out that we were ready to go. We have the best coaches and the best administrations. They believe in baseball and the fans want it. When you have that component, it’s tough not to win.”
Seniors John Michale Sopher and Zach Sweet; Players Gabe Amaro and Alex Trejo pour ice water on head coach Armando Sedeno
Langham Creek has faced six elimination games in the 2016 postseason, winning all six. Senior John Michael Sopher said the team made up for a lack of intensity in the 9-0 Game 1 defeat with a strong effort in Games 2 and 3.
“We discussed it as a team. We realized we had to buckle down and play with a lot of heart, we did and we pulled it off,” Sopher said. “It starts off with every single person. No matter who it is, from starters down to people who do the book. Everybody’s there and they work hard every single day in practice. We have a never-say-die attitude. It’s really working out for us.”
The Lobos turned to sophomore pitcher Garrett Lax in the third game, who answered with 4 1/3 innings of shutout baseball while allowing only one hit.
“It was a lot of pressure, but Coach had faith in me and I had faith in myself,” Lax said. “It was exhilarating at the end. It’s a dream of mine to go to state and I can’t express the feelings right now.”
The Lobos will face Dallas Jesuit College Prep High School in the first state semifinal game at noon on Friday, June 10 at the Dell Diamond (3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd.) in Round Rock. The winner will face the winner of the second semifinal game (San Antonio Johnson vs. Amarillo) on Saturday, June 11 at 11:30 a.m.
Langham Creek had advanced to the regional quarterfinal round in both 2014 and 2015 before being eliminated.
“My past couple years on varsity we made it to the fourth round but couldn’t get past that. To be able to finally say we’re going to state as a senior is incredible,” Sopher said. “There’s nothing like it.”
Sedeño, who last reached the state tournament with Brownfield High School in 1984, said he was thrilled to return with Langham Creek—the team he has coached since 1990.
“Think about a big boy eating some chocolate cake with some ice cream. That’s about how I feel right now,” he said.
More information on the UIL Baseball State Tournament is available at http://www.uiltexas.org/baseball/state.