Wrangler baseball's chemistry driving its success as No. 1 seed entering NJCAA regional
CISCO, Texas —
As we get ready for a busy weekend of high school playoff baseball and softball, the college boys out west in Cisco are rolling into the NJCAA postseason as the number seed in region 5.
The Wranglers take a 49-6 record and 11-game win streak into the region 5 tournament opener on Friday against Odessa and when looking on paper, it’s easy to see that Cisco’s offense is a big reason why they’ve earned it.
David White’s team is first in the league for team batting average, with the Wranglers slugging .405 this season. They’re also in the top 6 in hits (2nd), doubles (2nd), runs (6th), RBI’s (6th), and on base percentage (2nd).
Stats are good, but so is what this team brings every year – a family atmosphere. Each season, a mix of junior college transfers, high school graduates, and NCAA DI transfers comprise of the roster -- like former Wylie ace Mack Mueller, who played one year at Rice University.
"I played against Mack Mueller in high school and played against each other in district,” said redshirt freshman pitcher Taylor Munkres who played at Snyder High School. We were just at each other's throats constantly but now, getting to play with him is great. We're just a bunch of dirt bags. We just love to play."
"You can make -- you can use any term you want, but the one thing they do is they believe in each other and they care,” added head coach David White. “The caring part is important to us."
And it’s that melting pot of experience, many with postseasons under their belts, that they truly credit its success to.
“When you get to this level, a lot of these guys played in those pressure-packed situations,” Muller said. “We have a lot of Dallas-Fort Worth and a lot of Houston kids that played in those powerhouse districts."
“Every inning, we just talk together about what the pitcher is throwing and what he’s trying to do to us – and we just figure it out,” said sophomore Tommy Sepulveda. “I mean there's just a lot of humble guys who don't think they're more than anyone else. We help each other as much as we can out there.”
First pitch for the Wranglers’ region 5 tournament-opener against Odessa College in Grand Prairie is set for Friday at 1 p.m.