After shutting out KIPP Generations 10-0 in their season opener, the Sealy Tigers continued their dominant pitching over the next two games shutting out Danbury 6-0 then Van Vleck 7-0. Both games were part of the West of Brazos Tournament played last week.
Sealy then traveled on the road to play Fulshear with the game having a time limit due to tournament rules. The limit came into play as the Tigers entered the sixth inning with just 15 minutes to go and down 4-0.
“Pitching-wise, we weren’t really doing anything differently but they were just getting their bats on the ball and it was dropping in spots we weren’t,” Head Coach Dane Bennett said. “The fourth run scored on an error too so there were definitely some things we could’ve done to help out the pitcher defensively.”
The four runs were the first allowed by Sealy of the season. The bottom of the order stepped up to the plate to start the sixth inning and got the offense going getting on base. The Tigers would tie the game at four before time ran out.
“I truly believe if we didn’t have to deal with the time limit, we would’ve found a way to win that game,” Bennett said. “It’s nice to know, as a coach, that if the bottom of the order can get the offense going then that means that all 17 of them are capable of getting the job done and it’s amazing the trust and faith we have with each other.”
He also said the team’s offensive production is an embodiment of an aggressive, yet patient, approach they are taking to the plate. Senior Justin Eckhardt has been the RBI leader for the team in every game except against Fulshear in which he had one.
With a roster boasting 11 seniors, Bennett said it is the players’ shared experiences that have helped them get off to a great start to the season.
“Anytime a team can have a majority of players who have been through the ringer and has gone deep in the playoffs, it helps the confidence they have to know they can produce runs when we have to,” he said. “Especially in tight spots like the Fulshear game, it’s the experience they have that helps us there.”
Sealy’s current record sits at 2-0-1 with their next few games coming in the Conroe Tournament that will be played through March 3.