Just a week after competing in the West of Brazos Tournament, the Sealy Tigers’ baseball team went on the road again to compete against several 5A and 6A schools among others. The Tigers struggled in the tournament losing against Klein Collins, Klein Oak and Cypress Christian but also winning in big fashion against Stephen F. Austin High School 20-0.
Both the Klein schools are class 6A and Sealy lost both in close fashion. Their first game of the tournament came against Klein Collins. Sealy quickly found themselves down three runs after the second inning but climbed their way to a tie by the fifth. They managed to climb to a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth before giving up two runs late to make the final score 5-4.
After blowing out Austin in their next game, the Tigers played Klein Oaks and again lost the lead late in the game. After the first two innings, Sealy was down 7-2 but poised a comeback attempt in the seventh scoring three runs themselves but ultimately lost 8-5. Sealy would close out the tournament with a 6-4 loss to Cypress Christian.
Despite the team’s struggles in the tournament, Head Coach Dane Bennett said it was a good experience for the team to have early in the season.
“We’re still getting working out some of the stuff on our team because it’s still early in the season so I’m glad they got to play some bigger competition in these 5A and 6A schools,” he said. “We had some unfortunate losses and let it slipped through our fingers but we know now that we can hang around with those teams and it’ll have us better prepared for districts.”
Bennett said the team has to focus on pitching late in the game to ensure they protect their leads or keep the team poised for a comeback throughout. He also said the team, which is made up of mostly seniors, helps his confidence that the team will be ready for districts.
“When you have a group that’s played together for so long, not just the seniors but everyone in the grades below them on the team, it really helps me as a coach because they can just bring it all together really easily,” Bennett said. “I could tell when I got there for the first time that they were going to be a really special group.”
The tournament pushed Sealy’s record to 5-3-1 on the season. They will resume play this weekend in the La Grange Tournament before returning to play at home next Tuesday against Navarro.