Written by Corbett Smith
Baseball player of the week (5/02): Bishop Lynch's Andy Alig
What he did: Alig had two wins in Bishop Lynch’s TAPPS 5A playoff-opening series against Houston Christian. In Game 1, Alig entered in relief with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh and got a strikeout and fly out to end the inning. He pitched two more scoreless innings for the win. In Game 3, he capped a complete game shutout with his 12th strikeout. He also got the game-winning hit in a 3-0 win.
Who is he? A 5-10, 175-pound junior right-handed pitcher
The stats: For the season, Alig has a 6-2 record and three saves. He’s struck out 75, walked 32, and has an ERA of 2.53 in 58 innings.
He said it: “That was probably the best feeling in the world. … Our seniors, I’ve been wanting to give them a playoff series win since last year.” — On getting his 12th strikeout in the series clincher
Coach said it: “If we are in a situation where it’s the seventh inning, where he’s going to throw 25 pitches or so, we’ll let him throw his bullpen work like that. He’s done that all year.” — Clayton Nester
Did you know? Bishop Lynch’s series win was sweet revenge. Houston Christian swept Lynch by a combined score of 35-5 in last year’s TAPPS playoffs.
South Grand Prairie
3-for-5, 2 grand slams, 8 RBIs
5-for-5, 6 RBIs, 2 runs, 3B
3-for-3, 3 runs, 2 HR, 7 RBIs
Two-run 3B in win over Poteet
2-for-2, HR, RBI, run, 2 BB