Bulldogs deliver history
AUSTIN, TX - The state semi-final game last year ended in heartbreak rather than celebration for Wylie, but in 2016, the Bulldogs defeated Pleasant Grove 7-5 on Wednesday afternoon. Then just twenty-four hours later, they prepared to play Salado High School in the program's first-ever trip to the championship game.
Head Coach Clay Martin said before the evening championship game, "it's a great feeling that you know this will be the last one."
Wylie led the game early with three singles in three innings. Salado was able to come back in the top of the 5 th to make in a one run game.
With the crowd on its feet, the cheers erupting from both sides. With two outs and one runner on, Wylie's pitcher Mack Mueller threw a fair ball. Zach Smith picked up the grounder and fired to Bryce Gist. The game was over.
"We're on top of the world, we're number one!" said senior catcher Lane Bourland, "I wasn't worried."
The final score on Wylie's first ever state championship was 3-2 over Salado High School. The bulldogs baseball program is twenty-eight years old, Coach Martin has been there for twenty-three of those years and taken the team to state six out of seven times, but this was the first trip they would bring home the hardware.
"To do this for coach martin, and get the win, and he's been here so many times before," Mueller praised Martin, "it's a testament to him as a coach to be able to coach us through the whole year, it's just fantastic."