Two of the greatest athletes to ever play sports in the city of McKinney are proving they have what it takes to make it in Major League Baseball. From 2007 to 2009, every MHS varsity football and baseball article began with two names – Zach Lee and Matt Lipka. So it comes as no surprise to this reporter that when you look up the Atlanta Braves and LA Dodgers minor league affiliate scores from Monday night’s games, those are the two names you find at the top of the page. I had an absolute blast watching these guys shatter McKinney High records during their four years with the Lions are I am certainly enjoying reading about all the success they’ve been having in the minor leagues thus far.
Here are the results from Monday’s baseball games.
Rome Braves Comeback To Beat Greenville
In last year’s MLB draft, the Atlanta Braves selected Matt Lipka in the first round. Lipka currently plays minor league ball for the Rome Braves, has a .237 batting average, and is listed as the No. 6 player in the Braves farm system.
Lipka has had several big moments for his team this season but Monday night was all about sacrifice. A sacrifice bunt, that is. With his team trailing 2-1 against Greenville, Lipka used a bunt to set up two runs, which was enough for a 3-2 series opening victory. Lipka’s eighth inning silent heroics certainly showed that he is a player who is capable of both stepping up to make the big play or making the smaller plays necessary to pick up a win.
Great Lake Loons Trounce Fort Wayne
The Loons snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory on Sunday so it was up to starter Zach Lee to keep momentum rolling and that’s exactly what McKinney’s former standout quarterback and pitcher did. In five innings, Lee allowed two runs on four hits and five strikeouts.
The Loons totaled 16 hits on the night and went on to win, 9-2.
-Joe Arriola, TownSquareBuzz.com