Written by Corbett Smith
Five Dallas-area schools still alive and eyeing baseball state crowns
Rockwall-Heath can attest to how difficult it is getting to the state baseball tournament.
One of the area’s premier programs, Heath made it a month deep into the playoffs the last two seasons, only to have its journey end in the regional finals.
But after a Game 3 win over Frisco Wakeland, Heath will make its first trip to the UIL state baseball tournament, Wednesday through Saturday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock and Disch-Falk Field in Austin.
It will be one of five teams from North Texas playing for a state title.
Off of a three-game series win over Southlake Carroll, Arlington Martin (36-5-1) makes its third trip to state, but its first in nearly two decades. Martin won the state title in 1993, and advanced to the semifinals in 1990. Martin will play Cy Ranch (30-8) at noon Friday in Round Rock in a Class 5A semifinal.
Heath (34-9) is trying to become the first area 4A school to win the state title since Southlake Carroll took home the trophy in 2002. Heath will face Montgomery (29-13) at 4 p.m. Thursday in Round Rock.
Cleburne (29-10) also advanced in the 4A playoffs, and will play Lake Travis (33-10) at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Brock (33-1), the state’s No. 1-ranked 2A team, is making its second trip to state in three years, and Dodd City (27-7) earned its first trip in Class A.