Itty-bitty District 6 to be represented at TAPPS state baseball tourney thanks to FBCA
It’s the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ (TAPPS) version of The Mouse That Roared.
Two itty-bitty three-team districts will be represented at TAPPS’ state championship baseball tournament and one of the clubs from those itty-bitty districts will be none other then Pasadena-First Baptist Christian Academy.
The 13-7-1 Warriors may be coming from the itty-bitty district of District 6, but they’re now just two victories away from snagging the huge prize of a state title.
FBCA climbed into the Final Four and a state semifinal berth assignment for Division 3 after eliminating The Woodlands Christian Saturday night 3-0 at Hyde Park in Austin.
“A month ago, I never would have guessed this,” said Warriors head coach David Turner Sunday afternoon, whose club has yet to surrender a run in 13 innings of postseason competition.
Not only are the Warriors coming from an itty-bitty district, they’re a second-place team from itty-bitty District 6 that has done some roaring, starting with an 10-0 Area championship romp over Veritas Academy.
Joining FBCA for the Division 3 state tournament will be three district champions.
District 1 champion Lubbock Christian, which is also coming from a three-team district, will take on District 2 winner Trinity Christian Willow Park Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., followed by FBCA meeting District 7 champion Northland Christian at 7:30.
Of TAPPS’ other divisions, none feature a three-team district. Ten of the districts in divisions 1, 2, 4 and 5 that will be at state are five teams or higher.
In Saturday’s night win, sophomore Brayden Evans hit and pitched his teammates to the victory. A double of his in the first inning and a single in the fifth was all the offense the lefty needed.
In both moments, senior Jake Sweeney was aboard. Stephen Shaklovitz had the only other RBI, a single that scored Evans in the first inning.
On the hill, Evans pitched a good game, collecting key outs and not just at the plate. When Evans picked a runner off second base, taking the wind out of a growing threat, Turner felt it kept the momentum in FBCA’s pocket.
Sweeney picked up the save, working a longer stint in which he was effective with his control and using his pitches in the count when he wanted them.
Between the two of them, they weaved a two-hitter.
“We just seem to turn it on at the right time,” said Turner, whose teams have been to the state tournament five of the last six seasons and state championships in 2015 and 2018.
El Paso Faith Christian Academy, an independent, defeated FBCA in last year’s state title game only to be stripped of the prize for TAPPS violations. The school has since migrated over to TCAL.
Turner said they just received their state championship rings late last month.
NOTES: Bay Area Christian, the District 6 champion, dropped a 2-0 decision to Northland Christian prior to FBCA’s game Saturday. Had the Broncos won, it would have created a District 6 showdown in the state semifinals. … Division 1 and Division 2 semifinal action get things under way on Tuesday, starting at 10:30 a.m. and continuing with games at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.