By Tom Berhens
Katy area players picked in MLB draft
Lamar Sparks, Seven Lakes outfielder, was selected in the fifth round with the 158th overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles. He extended Seven Lakes’ streak of MLB draftees to five years. Jon Duplantier(Rice) and Conner Capel were selected in the first five rounds last year.
Katy High School had two alumni drafted as Lamar University junior pitcher Carson Lance and McLennan College outfielder Cole Haring were selected. The Detroit Tigers picked Lance in the 16th round, while Haring went in the 37th round to the Baltimore Orioles.
Lance joined the Cardinals from Angelina College, where he was the Region 14 East Pitcher of the Year. He compiled a 7-7 record and 4.17 ERA in 90 2/3 innings at Lamar, striking out 85 and allowing only 77 hits.
Among Lance’s 15 appearances was a complete game with 11 strikeouts against conference foe A&M-Corpus Christi. He also struck out seven in four innings against Illinois and limited Nicholls to one earned run in eight innings in Southland play. Lamar finished 33-25 overall.
Haring batted .363 with a .458 on-base percentage and .615 slugging percentage, hitting eight home runs and scoring 51 runs in 182 at-bats. The former Tiger added 16 steals without being caught to help McLennan to a 52-13 record and a place in the NJCAA World Series. He is committed to play at Baylor.
Dane Meyers, a sixth round pick, was a standout at Taylor High School before three productive years at Rice. He was drafted in the sixth round with the 185th pick by the Detroit Tigers, listed as a pitcher after a junior season that featured a 3.98 ERA, 37 strikeouts and a .244 opponents’ batting average in 54 1/3 innings.
While at Taylor, he was a three year starter on the mound and in the infield at second base, shortstop and third base.
A two-position contributor with the Owls, Myers had his best year at the plate with a team-high 88 hits, eight home runs, five triples and 13 steals to go with 51 runs and 43 RBI in 246 at-bats. He batted .358 with a .425 on-base percentage and slugged .545, earning second-team all-Conference USA honors.
Myers helped the Owls capture the conference tournament championship and two wins at the Baton Rouge Regional, where the former Mustang hit .333 with two home runs and five RBI while working 3 2/3 innings to earn the save against Southeast Louisiana.
Katy ISD grads at the NCAA Regionals…
TCU – Trey Morris (Taylor) and Bryan Sturges (Seven Lakes)
Oral Roberts University – Michael Hungate (Cinco Ranch)
University of Texas – Beau O’Hara (Seven Lakes)
Oklahoma State University – C.J. Varela (Seven Lakes)
Yale University – Mason Kukowski (Seven Lakes)
Katy Raiders eliminated in elite 8 round….
The Katy Raiders, a 12 and under select team finished with an 8-1 total record at Cooperstown. In seed games the Raiders went 6-0, giving the team an eight seed out of 104 teams. In single elimination tournament play the Raiders were awarded a second round bye which put them in the field of 32. The Raiders ended up 2-1, eliminated in the Elite 8 round.
Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston-Baseball…
First Team – Lamar Sparks (Seven Lakes), Michael
Houston Chronicle All-Greater Houston – Softball…
First Team – Alyssa Leblanc (Katy), Kayla Garcia
Second Team – McKay Bloxham (Katy)