Written by Michael Florek
Baseball player of the week (5/27): Southlake Carroll's Joe Heineman
What he did: Heineman was called on to finish pitching Game 2 of Southlake Carroll’s series with Flower Mound Marcus after rain a day earlier interrupted the game. Having never made a varsity start, Heineman pitched five innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five, as Carroll won, 4-2, to sweep the series. In Game 1, playing shortstop, Heineman went 3-for-4 and scored two runs in a 5-2 win.
Who is he? A 6-1 junior shortstop and pitcher.
The stats: Heineman has pitched 222/3 innings, going 5-1 and with a 0.93 ERA while striking out 27. He is also batting .286, with five doubles, two home runs, 20 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
He said it: “I had to settle in the first inning. They hit me pretty good, but after that I calmed down. My off-speed [pitch] was just working really well, so it all worked out.”
Coach said it: “He pitched better than we expected him to. Five innings of work, gave up two hits and just did a great job. I don’t even think they threatened.” — Larry Hughes
Did you know? Hughes calls Heineman one of the best shortstops he’s had in 17 years at Carroll … Heineman is also a receiver for the football team. … Carroll plays Arlington Martin in the Region I final.
3 RBIs in sweep of Mansfield Legacy
CG shutout, 2 H’s, 9 K’s in Game 1 of series sweep
3-run double in Game 1; clinching sac fly in Game 2 of sweep