Wall captures 3A State Championship

ROUND ROCK – After reaching the 3A State Championship game in 2017, only to fall to Central Heights 10-0, it has been Wall’s mission since then to get back.

The cards didn’t fall right in 2018 due to injuries.

So, with a solid core of juniors and seniors – who were freshmen and sophomores on the first-ever state tournament team – the Hawks had to pieces to make another run at it.

With a swinging strikeout, Wall reliever Ryan Gully hurled his glove and leaped in the air as his teammates mobbed him in front of the mound after sealing a 2-1 win over Blanco for the Class 3A State Championship at Dell Diamond on Saturday.

“They were driven from June of 2017,” Wall coach Jason Schniers said. “Things didn’t work out for us last year. That also added a little bit of fire to their drive. Like I said, these guys have worked since January day one, even before then in the offseason, to put themselves in a position to be able to do this.”

It is the first state championship for Wall in program history in its second tripe to Round Rock in the last three years.

Wall finishes the year with an overall record of 39-1.

“It feels amazing knowing that we finally won it,” Wall pitcher Luke Young, the 3A State Championship game MVP, said. “I just want to go celebrate with my team and have a great day.”

Heading into the sixth inning, neither starting pitcher had flinched. Both Blanco’s Zac Wisdom and Wall’s Young had tossed up zeros.

With the bases loaded, Wall finally broke through. A sacrifice fly to center by Caleb Heuertz drove in Colton Diebitsch, making it 1-0. Then an RBI single to left by Gage Weishuhn drove in Gully, making it 2-0.

Wisdom (1-1) finished giving up two runs on five hits, striking out two and walking one in six innings. Wisdom is just a freshman.

Down to its final three outs, Blanco was able to get runners on the corners with one out. A sacrifice fly by Jackson Hunter drove in Ty Adkinson, cutting the lead ton 2-1.

It’d be the only run Young (11-1) would surrender. Young finished allowing three hits, walking seven and striking out three in six innings.

“That’s Luke,” Schniers said. “He didn’t have his best stuff early on against Brock. He was the losing decision in that only loss of the season. So, I think he was looking for a little bit of redemption. He definitely answered the call and was spectacular on the mound.”

Gully (1) came in and faced the final four batters for the save.

“I knew whenever they put in Ryan Gully that he had it on lockdown,” Young said. “I knew we were going to walk away with it.”

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