A shorthanded Cedar Park team was enough to knock off the top team in District 19-5A Tuesday night.
With seven or eight starters sitting out for a violation of team rules, the Timberwolves upset district leading Georgetown 3-1 Tuesday night, handing the Eagles just their second district loss and snapping their nine-game winning streak in the process.
“Tonight showed us that nobody is bigger than the brand,” Cedar Park head coach Kristopher Gawriluk said. “There is another guy that’s waiting to go fight for the brand and get it done. The kids have the mindset that at any time they could be asked to do something they haven't done in while. It excites me and I’m proud of our kids.”
Mak Sexton pitched 6.2 innings en route to the win. Three junior varsity players were called up to fill the hole left by the suspended starters and other players were playing out of position or for the first time in a while.
“I learned what kind of guy and player Mak was as a football player,” Gawriluk said, remembering when he helped the Timberwolves football team win a state title as a sophomore in 2015.
“He comes out and competes and you may beat him every once in a while. But you’re going to walk out knowing who he is and you got lucky to win.”
Cedar Park got on the scoreboard first, scoring on a wild pitch in the third inning. Eric Weeks, playing in a varsity game for the first time in three weeks, drove in another run with a group out to the right side.
Georgetown added a run on a grounder in the fifth inning, but couldn’t add any more runs and stranded a runner at third to end the inning.
The Timberwolves added to their lead when Lance Holman doubled to deep center field to drive in a run. The senior was caught as he was rounding second base and was tagged out before they could add to the lead.
Sexton got out of a jam in the sixth inning as the Eagles had a runner on second and third base with two outs. He got the Georgetown batter to hit a grounder to short, where Weeks corralled the ball and confidently tossed it to first.
Cedar Park lost back-to-back games for the first time this season last week, falling to East View and Rouse. But they rebounded with a dominant 3-0 win against Cedar Creek in which Nick Lamour there a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts.
“Our kids knew after those two games that we needed help and it wasn’t in our control,” Gawriluk said. “That bummed them out. We had a chance to win the Rouse game and we did not play Cedar Park baseball against East View. Out kids are confident in knowing the way we can win.”
Tuesday’s win was the 10th of the district season for Cedar Park. The Timberwolves are one game behind Rouse for second place in the district and have already locked up a playoff spot with three games remaining.
Cedar Park travels to face Connally on Friday night before hosting Hutto in the final home game of the regular season next Tuesday. The Timberwolves end the regular season on April 28 on the road against Elgin.
“I’ve been told all day today that we couldn’t beat Georgetown,” Gawriluk said.” You couldn’t do it with all your starters, you guys are about to get pummeled. I was emotional talking to them at the end because of everything we had to hear today. They still said forget that, we can beat them. And that’s what we did.”
Other Tuesday LISD scores:
Lehman 11, Leander 1
Rouse 9, Connally 3
Vandegrift 2 Lake Travis 1
Vista Ridge 7, Westlake 4
Cedar Park 11, Hutto 5
Rouse 6, Elgin 4
Hays 13, Vandegrift 0
Lake Travis 10, Vista Ridge 6
Westlake over Leander