ROUND ROCK – Despite fighting to the final pitch, bases loaded and all, the McKinney Boyd baseball team couldn’t overcome allowing four runs in the fourth inning of Friday’s Class 6A state semifinal.
After winning their previous eight elimination games in the postseason, the Broncos dropped a heart-breaking 5-2 decision to Fort Bend Ridge Point at Round Rock’s Dell Diamond, ending their magical postseason run and the best overall baseball season in McKinney ISD history.
Boyd joins the short list of MISD teams to have its season end in the state semifinals (McKinney in 1981 and McKinney North in 2007). The Broncos’ 31 wins are the most of any baseball team in MISD history.
After winning consecutive elimination games against state-ranked No. 8 Rockwall-Heath, No. 6 Allen, No. 2 The Woodlands and No. 1 Cypress Ranch and becoming the first Boyd team to advance past the regional quarterfinals, these Broncos will be remembered for a long time in the city of McKinney.
“Hopefully this will be a regular thing because we got a bunch of young guys who believe in what we are doing, and as long as we throw strikes and make the routine plays, we will be in any game we play,” said Brooke Court, Boyd head coach. “I think we can take this and use it as a crutch and build off it for next year. I’m super proud of the leadership our seniors brought to this program and I hope that sticks and stays because everybody is this program saw the leadership and chemistry that helped us get here.”
Things didn’t start off bad for the Broncos, converting two Ridge Point errors into runs in the first and fourth innings to take a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth. Junior Beau Brewer plated sophomore Tyler Collins on a sacrifice fly in the opening frame, and junior Dawson Goheen scored directly off a Ridge Point error in the fourth.
Yet even with a two-run lead in its pocket, things felt a bit off for the Broncos after stranding seven runners on base over the first four innings. Overall, Boyd left 10 men on base.
Business would pick up when Ridge Point loaded the bases by getting two walks and a Boyd error to chase Boyd junior Jack Hagan, who tossed three innings and allowed four runs (only one earned) on four hits. The Broncos would bring in dynamite reliever Goheen, who got a fly out and a strikeout before Ridge Point’s Jack Baker ripped a single into center field, followed by an error, to score three runs and break Boyd’s hearts.
“This is a great game to play, and unfortunately, this is a game of inches. Unfortunately for us, we were on the wrong side of things,” Court said. “This group raised the bar for the program and put Boyd on the map statewide. People knew beforehand, but I think only in North Texas – now people know us across the state.”
Baker tacked on an insurance run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly to all but end the best run by a baseball program in MISD history. With a big group of talented juniors and sophomores on their roster returning next season and memories of their disappointing ending fresh in their minds, Boyd’s underclassmen were proud and reflective of their magical run but already focused on trying to get back to Round Rock.
“It feels great to get this far and raise expectations, and with us returning a lot of juniors, I think our team is going to be back next year and I think we might even get better,” Goheen said. “We put ourselves on the map and will work hard this offseason to get better to keep our reputation of winning. I know we are going to miss our seniors, but me and all of our fellow juniors will have a chip on our shoulder all year long to get back here and erase this pain.”