BELTON - The Boyd baseball team entered its Saturday matchup with No. 1 state-ranked Cypress Ranch facing elimination for the eighth time this postseason.
After going through a game that was a microcosm of their season, the Broncos looked elimination right in the eye and didn’t blink yet again while going on to beat Cy Ranch, 8-3, to become Region II-6A champions and head to the state tournament for the first time in program history.
Boyd overcame a slow start by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third and four in the bottom fifth to come back from a 3-0 deficit.
With the victory, Boyd has eliminated the state's No. 8 (Rockwall-Heath), No. 6 (Allen), No. 2 The Woodlands and now No. 1 (Cy Ranch) teams in consecutive weeks.
“This is an unbelievable feeling because these kids have worked so hard to be here and it’s unbelievable and I’m proud of them,” said Brooke Court, Boyd head coach. “We’ve talked about handling adversity all year long and we got down 3-0 and just kept fighting and believed in each other and was able to put some hits together. If we come out and play our Bronco baseball, we believe we can come out and beat anybody and that’s what we’ve been doing.”
With the game tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth, junior first baseman Beau Brewer authored the biggest hit in Boyd baseball history by smoking a double on a 3-2 count off the left-field wall to bring in senior Jack Brinkley and sophomore sensation Tyler Collins. Brewer’s big hit gave the Broncos a lead they would never relinquish while crushing the spirit of Cy Ranch all at the same time.
Video: Watch Beau Brewer get the biggest hit in @MBHS_Baseball ⚾ program history as his 2-run RBI single makes it 5-3 Boyd in the Bottom of the 5th inning. The Broncos would go on to beat @CyRanchBB 8-3 to win the Region 2 title and advance to #UILSTATE for the first time ever! pic.twitter.com/I1dlKXDA37— K. Johnson (@KendrickJohnso) June 1, 2019
“All my hit means is that my team is going to state - that’s all it means baby, but it’s an incredible feeling going to state,” Brewer said. “This is what we do, we win all Game 3s and the coaches keep it in our minds that we've got this, and we believe in them and simply trust the process.”
While Brewer was doing his thing at the plate, fellow junior Dawson Goheen was doing his on the mound.
After a rough start by starter by senior Chase Peterson, Goheen came in during the top of third with runners on first and second and no outs and was able to record a strikeout and induce double play to bring some life into a Bronco squad that was on the ropes. Despite walking four batters, Goheen wouldn’t surrender a run or hit in his five innings of relief to shut out an explosive Cy Ranch offense.
Performances like Goheen’s have been a staple of Boyd’s playoff run as someone has stepped up in every elimination game to give the Broncos a push needed to win that particular game.
“I knew I had to come in and throw strikes and keep it on the ground, but I had confidence in my team, which allowed me to get a ground ball for a double play to end the inning,” Goheen said. “The double play was huge because once we got it, I was like, 'All we've got to do is put some runs on the board and we got this.' We thrive off being the underdogs because we know we are good but not many people think so, but we've got the pitching and hitting to keep proving them wrong.”