June 13, 2015
Cypress Ranch pitcher Tyler Bielamowicz jumps into the arms of catcher Marshall Skinner after making the final out in the Mustangs’ 3-0 victory over Arlington Martin in the UIL Class 6A state championship game on June 13 in Round Rock.
The Mustangs (30-6) shut out Martin (28-5) behind a solid pitching outing from senior Brent Hebert (6-1), who threw five innings of five-hit ball with two walks and two strikeouts. Hebert was named the Championship Most Valuable Player for his effort.
Darryl Beasley, UIL assistant athletic director, presents the Championship MVP trophy to senior pitcher Brent Hebert.
“This is the best feeling in the world, honestly,” Hebert said. “We came out here to Austin, and after all we’ve been through, there’s no better way to finish my career. We knew coming in that we would have to play our best ball, and we came ready to play today. I’ve never been more proud of a team.”
Senior pitcher Brent Hebert recorded the win for the Mustangs in the state title game, securing the Championship MVP award.
The Mustangs were led offensively by senior Elijah MacNamee, who continued his hot streak in the postseason with a 2-for-2 effort and a run scored.
“When I got walked in the seventh I stood on base and said, ‘Wow, that was my last at-bat of my high school career. I just went 2-for-2 in the state championship.’ As a team we executed so well all year. We found any way we could to get on base. That’s why we were such a good team. The bond we had was so special.”
Senior Masen Hibbeler (1) congratulates senior Elijah MacNamee after the Mustangs clinched the state championship.
Head coach John Pope, who led the Mustangs to their first championship in 2012, said it was tough to compare both championship teams.
“It’s hard to say. Both had good defense and good hitting and fought hard,” he said. “We have an expectation here where the kids get used to winning, and playing in a tough district prepares you for this stage. This team came together and battled through it all year. This is what we do all that hard work for. We did it again, and I’m so proud of our kids.”
Senior shortstop Ryan Leftwich, who was a member of the 2012 state championship team as a freshman, relished beginning and ending his high school career with a championship.
Second baseman Masen Hibbeler, left, and shortstop Ryan Leftwich, center, react after turning an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“This is amazing, this is the best thing that could ever happen to us,” he said. “I’m so happy for our boys. This is the Year of the Mustang.”
Pope said he was grateful for all the support from the school, district and community as the team advanced to their ultimate goal.
“All of our fans who have been coming down here, the school, the community, the administration – they’re invaluable to us,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for a better place to work and better people to work with and be around.”
Senior shortstop Ryan Leftwich, who was a member of the 2012 Cypress Ranch state championship team, makes the winning out in the 2015 state championship game against Arlington Martin.
Mustang players pile on each other by the pitcher’s mound after the final out of the game.
Junior Tyler Bielamowicz slides into home for a run in the first inning of the Mustangs’ 3-0 victory over Arlington Martin in the 6A state title game.
The Cypress Ranch Mustangs celebrate their 6A state championship at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.