What a week it's been for the McKinney All-Star Seniors of MLLB. The team began District 8 tournament play early last week. This year’s 2012 team is made up of young men from McKinney Boyd, McKinney High and McKinney North.
The team, led by manager Raymond Meyers and coach Dave Sinclair, started tournament play with its back against the wall. A last-minute injury to a team member and a couple of unavailable players left the roster short for game No. 1 against N. Garland.
Upon a ruling from Williamsport, Pa., the team was forced to forfeit the game. This is a double-elimination tournament and meant not all was lost ... but an even bigger challenge lay ahead.
Game No. 2 was a must win. On Thursday, the McKinney All-Stars faced the Wylie Rangers in Wylie. It was an epic battle that saw McKinney fall behind 8-0 in the first 3 innings of the game. Led by a determined group of young men that knew it was win or go home, McKinney erupted for 8 runs in the 4th inning. McKinney would never look back and would win the 7 inning affair 14-10 and live to play another day.
Saturday was a new day, a day that would prove to be very hot and very exciting for the parents and fans that made it back out to Wylie. The stakes were high and if McKinney could win their 1 p.m. game, then they would play again at 5.
The next opponent was N. Garland, and a victory against them would mean a game against the Garner All-Stars. A win against N. Garland would also mean a chance to avenge the Game 1 forfeit. McKinney scored early and would never look back, winning the game 8-3. A hard=fought victory earned these young men about an hour of food and rest until the next game.
Temperatures began to rise and a dugout switch meant both players and fans would spend the rest of the day looking right into the sun. As play began against Garner, the young men knew they were up against their biggest challenge so far. The McKinney All-Stars would find themselves down 5-0 early and would need to find a way to get back into the game. Then came the 6th inning, and McKinney would score 5 to tie the game going into the 7th and final inning of the game. Strong pitching and great defense would give these young men a chance to win in the bottom of the 7th. With the game on the line and bases loaded, Garner would walk the final batter to complete the victory for the McKinney All Stars.
A very excited team and fans had given their all and knew their next opponent on Monday, July 2, in South Garland, would not be an easy task. McKinney has some history with the 800-pound gorilla from South Garland and look forward to their battle. It's another must-wn game, another chance to move on. A win against South Garland means a Championship Game on July 3 back in Wylie against…….you guessed it, South Garland.
Come to Wylie this evening at 7 p.m. and cheer on your McKinney All Stars! The link below will get you to Wylie Community Park.
Congratulations Men! You’ve already won the hearts of your parents and fans!
Ian Ambrose #7
Tanner Brown #5
Dominich Fabian #16
John Grider #21
Alex Gustafson #99
Eric Hallstrom #23
Matthew Hicks ##2
Neil Meyer #15
Sean Meyer #9
Danny Sinclair #42
Danny Skogen #27
Reed Thompson #1