Varsity Baseball

Let’s Play Ball


Photo by: Sharon Boese

Junior, Kyle Medders, faces Coram Deo at bat.

David Etheredge and Will Harrell , guest writer

The MCA baseball team kicked off the 2017 season on February 13th with a 12-8 win against Fort Worth Calvary Christian.  That same week, the Mustang team fell to the talented Lake Country Christian team that is a perennial playoff team.  The Mustangs were four outs from securing a significant early season win but could not close the deal and fell 10-6.  Next for the Mustangs was a narrow 8-7 victory against crosstown rival Cornerstone Christian of McKinney as numerous younger players contributed in the come from behind win.  MCA traveled to the Prince of Peace tournament that weekend and won first place by beating Dallas Lutheran 9-7 and host Prince of Peace 4-1.  The following weekend the Mustangs went outside of TAPPS competition and played in the Bells ISD tournament.  After falling in the first game to a tough 5A Denison JV team 7-5, the team rebounded with wins against Gunter JV and North Hopkins varsity.  By winning their pool, MCA earned the right to play in the championship game.  However, the host team Bells Panthers proved to be too much and defeated the Mustangs in the championship game.

After a two week layoff of mission trips and spring break, the team returned to play in the annual Dallas Lutheran wood bat tournament March 16th-18th.  The Mustangs played as if they had a lengthy break and struggled by dropping all three games of the tournament.  Great pitching was spoiled by silent bats as the team fell to Cistercian 1-0, CHANT 6-1, and Fort Worth Temple Christian 3-0.  The Mustangs split their squad and sent many younger players to Lakehill Prep to battle the Warriors.  The young team played well at times but eventually fell 15-2.  Saturday, March 25th, the varsity hosted Dallas Lutheran for a doubleheader and took two wins from the Lions.  The Mustangs bats finally came alive with 11-9 and 15-2 wins.
MCA’s baseball team battled hard in their latest three district games. The Mustangs defeated a tough district opponent Dallas Covenant with a dominating score of 8-4. Dallas Shelton defeated MCA’s team twice, both by multiple runs. Shelton has a very skilled team this year, with two pitchers consistently throwing over eighty miles-per-hour. The score of the first game was 13-3 and the last game played was 15-0. Senior, Marcus Shanna commented, “These games were a very important indicator of how our season is going to go.  Although we didn’t beat Shelton, we can see our team improving and things are only looking up from here. I am excited for what is to come from this season.” The Mustangs will face Coram Deo at their place this Friday at 6:00pm.