By Mike Bruu, TSB Staff
In the program’s sixth year of existence, McKinney Boyd baseball is looking to bring the school its first district championship in 2012. However, when you ask head coach Brandon Milam what his long-term goal for the Broncos is, his answer involves a five-hour drive south to visit near the state’s capital.
“Our long term goal is to be in Round Rock in June,” said Milam on Thursday afternoon. Milam has been the head coach of the Broncos since the school opened in 2006, and he has led McKinney Boyd to its only two playoff appearances in each of the past two seasons.
Milam and the rest of the Broncos are on track to make it back for a third season in a row, led by a core group of upperclassmen who have had multiple seasons at the varsity level.
“Offensively our entire team is hitting well and having quality at bats. Russell Williams has done a great job in the lead off spot,” said Milam. “Trevor Bocian, Evan Williams, Cameron Sweeney, Will Hollis, and Garrett Wallace all have done a great job driving in runs.”
Through the squad’s tournament schedule and first two District 10-5A games, the Broncos sit at 13-4 overall and a perfect 2-0 in District 10-5A, defeating Garland Lakeview Centennial 12-1 back on March 5th and a 15-0 thumping on Garland High School last Tuesday night at Bronco Field.
While schools like Sachse, South Garland, and Rowlett will surely provide a much tougher test for the Broncos down the road, Milam believes that this group will be the one to finally bring a district title to McKinney Boyd, due to the players ability to improve on a daily basis and be prepared for any situation.
“Yes, we must continue to improve defensively, pitching well, and have a good plan at the plate. I feel we are talented enough to win a title, but we must play well in order to have a chance,” stated Milam. “I am proud of the way our kids have prepared all year for these upcoming weeks. It is very important to them to bring a title home.”
Boyd baseball is a program built on hard work and a strong desire to be the best, something that I saw first hand for four years when I played ball for the Broncos. Milam and his assistant coaches Tyler Porter and Tommy Sparks run a good set-up out at Boyd and have benefitted from having players like Evan Williams and Garrett Wallace, who have been on the varsity rosters for two or three years.
In 2010 Flower Mound Marcus eliminated the Broncos in the second round of the UIL playoffs, two games to one, which was the first postseason appearance in McKinney Boyd history. Last year the Broncos returned to the postseason after finishing second in District 10-5A, and advanced to the third round, where they lost, two games to one, to Dallas Jesuit.
This season Boyd will try and take advantage of a weaker district schedule than in years past to clinch a district title and begin its journey to Round Rock, but Milam and the rest of the team know that they need to accomplish other goals along the way to make the State title hopes even possible, including succeeding in the most important aspect of high school.
“We have goals along the way such as, winning a district title, winning a tournament, and finishing the year at a high level in the classroom,” said Milam. “This particular group of players really excels in the classroom. They are involved in extracurricular clubs and groups that focus on leadership skills and community service.”
The Broncos have 12 remaining games left in District 10-5A play, starting with a home game versus 1-1 Garland Naaman Forest on Tuesday night. Game time is approximately 7 p.m. Below is the remaining schedule for the Broncos and the standings as of Friday morning.
Date: Team (Time)
March 20th: vs. Garland Naaman Forest (7)
March 23rd: @ North Garland (4)
March 24th: vs. Sachse (12)
March 27th: @ Rowlett (4)
March 30th: vs. South Garland (7)
April 3rd: vs. Garland Lakeview Centennial (7)
April 5th: @ Garland (7)
April 10th: @ Garland Naaman Forest (7)
April 13th: vs. North Garland (7)
April 17th: @ Sachse (4)
April 20th: vs. Rowlett (7)
April 21st: vs. McKinney (1) NON-DISTRICT
April 27th: @ South Garland (4)
DISTRICT 10-5A STANDINGS:
1. SACHSE 2-0
2. MCKINNEY BOYD 2-0
3. SOUTH GARLAND 2-0
4. ROWLETT 1-1
5. NAAMAN FOREST 1-1
6. NORTH GARLAND 0-2
7. LAKEVIEW 0-2
8. GARLAND 0-2
Photo at top by TSB contributor Dan Jarvis.
Editor’s Note: Watch for Mike Bruu’s updates on MISD’s other two programs, McKinney High and McKinney North, in the coming days.