That looked easy.
What else could you say about the way the Mildred 14-and-under baseball team played this week?
The Eagles swept through the Texas Teenage Baseball 14-U district tournament this week at Mildred, where Mildred outscored three opponents 39-2.
Mildred capped off the district title with a mercy-rule 16-0 win over the Frankston Indians on Thursday to earn a berth in the state tournament in Hillsboro, which begins July 21.
Mildred will be going for its second straight state title, and after the way the Eagles demolished the district, they have to feel pretty good about their chances to repeat.
“We threw strikes. We hit the ball and we didn't make many mistakes,'' Mildred Coach Bob Pritchett said. “When we do that, we're pretty good.''
Pritchett believes this year's team is even better than the one that won the state title last year because just about everyone returned.
The goal was to have another big year and win state again. Mildred went 13-0, going 10-0 during the regular season before winning three games this week. The Eagles had a bye in the first round and met Frost, which beat Buffalo 20-6 in its opener.
Mildred beat Frost 16-1 in 4 ½ innings on Tuesday and beat the Frankston Indians 7-1 on Wednesday to reach the final. Frankston came back in the loser's bracket to get to Thursday's rematch and had to beat Mildred twice to win the district title.
It didn't happen.
Dawson Woods had a remarkable game on the mound and at the plate. He tossed a five-inning, two-hitter, striking out nine and walking three in the shutout performance. He also went 4 for 4 at the plate and drove in five runs.
“He threw great today,'' Pritchett said after the title game. “He started out a little shaky in the first couple of innings, but then he got into a groove and got his curveball working. When he's on, he's hard to beat.''
Woods, who will be a freshman at Mildred High School in the fall, isn't the only weapon the Eagles have. Pritchett has a team loaded with pitching and hitting and the Eagles made several big plays in the field over the three games.
“I've got seven pitchers,'' Pritchett said. “I've got four starters and three I can use in relief. We've got a lot of arms.''
He threw five different kids in the opener against Frost to make sure everyone got some work, but Woods went the distance in the final and looked strong in the fifth, striking out the side to end the game.
Mildred had plenty of punch at the plate. Wesley Huitt went 2 for 2, scored three times and drove in three runs, Stacey Bailey went 1 for 2, scored twice and drove in two runs and Landon Pritchett went 2 for 2.
Jeremy Humphries went 1 for 2, scored twice and drove in a run. Jacob Thomas went 1 for 1 with an RBI and Devin Lindsey went 1 for 2 and scored a run. Ray Onstott went 1 for1 and scored twice and Inte Reimer and Kenyan Smith went 1 for 1 and scored.
“We had some good at-bats,'' Pritchett said. “We had good approaches at the plate.''
Pritchett said the best thing about his team is the way the kids play the game for the team.
“The best thing is our team unity,'' he said. “They have a great attitude.''
Eagles win title game, 16-0, to advance to state
That looked easy.
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