When it comes to being a Boomer Sooner Baseball, McKinney can hold its own with anybody.
The 2012 Oklahoma Sooner baseball season will get underway February 17 and all three McKinney High Schools will be represented on the Sooner roster. Four McKinney athletes will be wearing the Crimson and Cream when Oklahoma meets Pepperdine University in Malibu, California in 2 weeks.
Senior center fielder and team captain Erik Ross is a 2007 graduate of McKinney North High School. As a Bulldog, Ross was a 3 time All District selection and first team All Collin County. Ross was a member of the Grayson Jr. College Vikings that won the NCJAA National Championship in 2008. Signing with Oklahoma, Ross anchored the center field position and has an Oklahoma lifetime batting average of .274. He has started in 54 games and was 7th in the Big XII Conference last year in stolen bases with 31. Ross has an almost flawless .973 fielding percentage as a Sooner. He will graduate with a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies.
Sophomore pitcher Kindle Ladd also hails from McKinney North High School. A 2010 graduate, Ladd was a first team All District and first team All Area selection. Ladd made his first start for the Sooners last year against Dallas Baptist University going 4 and 2/3 innings, striking out 4 batters. Ladd finished the 2011 season with a 5.93 ERA with 10 strikeouts and a save. The sophomore hurler underwent elbow surgery in the off season and is ready to take the mound for the 2012 season. Ladd is a Business major.
Sophomore catcher/designated hitter Jake Smith is a 2010 graduate of McKinney High School. As a Lion, Smith was a two time All District offensive MVP. Smith debuted as a Sooner in 2011 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff where the big strong right hander hit a 3 run homerun in his second collegiate at bat. Smith is a mechanical engineering major.
Sophomore catcher Dylan Neal is a 2010 graduate of McKinney Boyd High School. As a Bronco, Neal was a first team All District and Honorable Mention All Area selection. Playing for Blinn College last year, Neal batted .309 with 13 RBI’s and helped the Buccaneers reach the National Jr. College Region XIV finals. He was also named to the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll. Neal signed with Oklahoma last summer and will be playing his first season as a Sooner. He is majoring in Education/History.
The University of Oklahoma is a member of the NCAA Division I Big XII Athletic Conference. The Sooner baseball program has made 10 appearances in the College World Series and hold 2 National Championships.