The Brock Eagles and Wall Hawks battled each other in the playoffs for the third-consecutive year in 2019, a Class 3A regional final series which took a full three games to decide.
In the end, Wall came out on top, clinching with a 20-1 game three win after fumbling a 1-0 series lead.
The showdown followed back-to-back regional semifinal battles between the Eagles and Hawks (Wall won in 2017, Brock won in 2018).
While the team was ultimately unable to secure a repeat trip to Round Rock, Brock Head Baseball Coach Hart Hering said his players never counted themselves out in 2019.
“It’s been a fun group to coach,” Hering said.
“They battled and competed when a lot of people doubted us along the way. Our kids stepped up and responded. I’m proud of the resiliency and the fight of this group of kids. When they had their backs against the wall, they came out swinging. They’ve overcome a lot of adversity throughout the season.
“To be at this stage of the game, where a trip to the state tournament is on the line, playing in the final game of the regional tournament, I’m certainly proud of those guys.”
Brock battled through a competitive District 7-3A which produced two, double-digit win teams, Breckenridge and Boyd, in addition to the Eagles.
Finishing behind Breckenridge in the district, Brock nevertheless put together another strong postseason run, sweeping Childress, Cisco and Clyde through the first three rounds.
A regional semifinal series comeback versus Bushland made way for the team’s showdown with Wall.
Ahead of the state tournament later this week, Brock stands as the only team to defeat Wall (previously 35-0) this season.
The Eagles’ success greatly benefitted from a number of long-familiar faces, including seniors Jase Lopez, Tripp Jones, Cooper Nelson, Cooper Allen and Parker Bounds, Hering said.
The seniors leave Brock each having made great contributions to the program, the Eagles’ head coach added.
“We’ve had some guys that played as young players and have now reached their final season with the Eagles,” Hering said.
“That core group of guys has done a lot for our program. They’re certainly gonna be hard to replace and will be missed. It’s disappointing we couldn’t get them that final trip to Round Rock, but they have nothing to hang their heads about.
“Some of them got the opportunity to move on and continue their career, and I certainly expect them to do great things.”
With that in mind, Hering said he is already eager to start working with the Eagles’ young talent toward next season.
“For me it never turns off. We’ll be working on next year probably [immediately],” Hering said.
“We’re gonna have a ton of good-quality young men leaving our program, but the future is bright.
“We’ll have some young talent coming in to replace these guys and look to put ourselves in a position to get back to Round Rock again.”