Despite sweeping McKinney Boyd in the Class 6A Region I bi-district playoffs last week, the Coppell baseball team had to turn to senior reliever Will Boylan’s heroics after a lackluster showing from its offense.
The Cowboys will have an opportunity to get the bats going against a familiar foe in an electric atmosphere this week.
“It’s going to be awesome playing them,” Coppell senior third baseman Walker Polk said. “The atmosphere last year was amazing and they’re always a good team so I’m ready to compete.
Coppell (23-6-1) will face Dallas Jesuit (23-7) in a rematch of last year’s area round, where the Cowboys swept the Rangers, in a best-of-three Class 6A Region I area playoffs series.
The Cowboys host Jesuit for Game 1 on Thursday at 7:30 p.m at Coppell ISD Baseball/Softball Complex. Game 2 is Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Jesuit. Game 3, if necessary, will be on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Kelly Field in Carrollton.
“They have a great atmosphere and their atmosphere matches ours,” Coppell coach Ryan Howard said. “We both have great fan bases, we both have great stadiums and we both have great support from both schools and communities. I’m expecting a really entertaining, really fun second round. They’re a well-coached team; they’re a very talented team and we have our hands full so it should be a really well played second round series.”
At the turn of the district campaign, the Cowboys’ bats were on fire and coupled with elite pitching and defense, Coppell was unstoppable. Despite the cold bats, Coppell has been able to maintain a seven-game undefeated streak. The Cowboys will look to regain that edge offensively against Jesuit.
“We feel good and we did well against them last year,” Coppell junior ace TJ Pompey said. “For me, I have to throw a lot of strikes and get our offense going. We know that even when we’re down, we still know how to find a way to win. It’s going to be special when we get everything going and it’s going to be so much fun.”