Slocum Captures First State Baseball State Championship
ROUND ROCK — The Slocum Mustangs were staked to an early five-run lead and never looked back, claiming their first-ever state baseball championship.
Slocum defeated Fayetteville, 6-3, Thursday morning at Dell Diamond in the Class A state title game in front of 883 fans.
The Mustangs (22-8), who were making their first appearance at the state tournament, equaled the feat of their softball counterparts, who won the state championship last week in Belton. Slocum is the first school to win the softball and baseball championships in the same year since West in 2016.
It was a balanced offensive attack for Slocum as six different players scored runs and four had RBI’s.
Austin Sarraf (6-3), who was voted the game’s Most Valuable Player, earned the win on the mound. He allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits with four strikeouts and five walks in five innings.
Slocum struck for three runs in the top of the first. Taylor Hunt scored on a wild pitch, Taylor Lomax delivered an RBI single, and Colton Peters had an RBI groundout off Fayetteville (17-9) starter Damon Gerick (4-1).
Trevor Stewart made it 4-0 in the second after scoring on a throwing error by the catcher, and Randy Guess upped the lead five runs with an RBI single in the third.
Fayetteville cut the deficit to 5-3 with a run in the third and two more in the fourth before Slocum added an insurance run in the fifth when Taylor Hunt drew a bases-loaded walk.
Slocum 6, Fayetteville 3
Class A State Championship Game
At Dell Diamond, Round Rock
Slocum 311 010 0 — 6 7 3
Fayetteville 001 200 0 — 3 2 2
Pitchers and catchers
- Slocum: Austin Sarraf, Taylor Lomax (6) and Andrew Abernathy.
- Fayetteville: Damon Gerick, Jerrette Brown (3), Jacob Schley (6) and Reid Kubala.
WP — Sarraf (6-3).
LP — Gerick (4-1).
S — Lomax (1).