“Neither one of these teams won their district, so I guess both of us are kind of Cinderella stories,” Barry said. “It’s really a testament to hard work and team work to do so well in the playoffs.”
In contrast to Thursday’s semifinal, when it took the Bearcats a few innings to break the scoring ice, Aledo scored a run in their first at bat. After Tyson Mauser’s leadoff hit and Wade Raburn’s walk found the runners at second and third, courtesy of a passed ball, Zayne Willems groundout produced and RBI. Willems would come back to hit safely twice, totalling three runs batted in.
“I was pretty nervous before the game, but getting that run in the first inning really helped me settle down,” Anderson said.
Blanking the Titans in the bottom frame, Aledo added another run in the second. Then Anderson just settled in and started working.
“Ive had good command of my fastball all through the playoffs,” the Brown University commit said. “My splitter and curve had not been as good, but tonight I was hitting my spots with all of them.”
Anderson struck out four batters while walking just one, but with the defensive prowess the Bearcats displayed, including a late-game circus catch by center fielder Raburn, pitching to make the Titans hit worked out just fine. In the two games in Round Rock, Aledo defense was a single error short of perfection behind their hurlers. The lone miscue did not hurt Aledo.
Coach Barry was understandably generous in heaping praise on his aces.
“(Taco) just seemed to get better with each start, especially during the playoffs, as you’ve seen,” Barry said. “He just got stronger each and every week.”
“And I just can’t say enough about the way Chris pitched [on Thursday]. We’ve had good, strong pitching all year long. “That has kept us in a lot of games, even when we weren’t hitting.”