Baseball: Floyd establishing Clear Springs
In 11 seasons as a varsity assistant at Clear Creek, Chris Floyd watched the Wildcats advance to the baseball playoffs 10 times, and now, as Clear Springs' head coach, he has the Chargers in the region quarterfinals.
"Reaching the playoffs was an expectation every season at Clear Creek, and that's what we want to establish at Clear Springs," Floyd said. "This is our third varsity season, and first trip to the postseason, so it's very special, especially for these seniors who have been with us since day one.
"When they came here as freshmen, we set a goal of making the playoffs, and they made it happen as seniors."
Clear Springs meets District 23-5A champion Clements in a best-of-three region quarterfinals playoff with Game 1 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and if needed, Game 3 at 2 p.m. Saturday, with all games at Nolan Ryan Field at Alvin High School.
Clear Springs blanked Clements 3-0 during an early-season tournament game in 2010 in the teams' only meeting.
"We haven't played this year, but we've seen them, and they've seen us," Floyd said. "Clements is good all the way around, like any team you're going to see at this point, and they have 19 seniors back after playing in Round Rock last season (at the University Interscholastic League State Tournament), so there's some talent and experience there."
Clements fell to eventual state champion Corpus Christi Carroll 4-3 in the 2010 state semifinals, and this spring, the Rangers have stopped Alvin 4-6, 9-7, 14-3, and Dobie 16-3 in the playoffs.
District 24-5A runner-up Clear Springs has swept Fort Bend Travis 1-0 and 8-2, and La Porte 12-4 and 5-4 in its first taste of the postseason.
"Our guys are playing hard right now, and I'm just happy for the kids who are graduating, and that they are getting to be a part of this," Floyd said. "You have to surround yourself with good people, and what's going on right now has more to do with the players and our assistant coaches than with me."
Senior pitchers Matt Brister (Game 1) and J.C. Neighbors (Game 2) recorded wins against La Porte, with Brister going the distance and Neighbors lasting 6.1 innings before getting relief help and a save from senior Aaron Blalock.
Junior right fielder Alex Ferraiuolo ended Game 2 and the series on a diving catch with the bases loaded.
"It's not just one or two guys who have got us to this point," Floyd said. "We're getting contributions from the entire roster."
The Clear Springs-Clements winner takes on Seven Lakes or Memorial in the region semifinals.
The 5A-III bracket also includes Lamar vs. Westside and Brazoswood vs. Deer Park in the region quarterfinals.
The state tournament is June 8-11 in Round Rock.
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