Katy off to hot start early in season

By Tyler Tyre, Sports Editor
Posted 3/27/22

“We’re right where we need to be,” said Katy head coach Tom McPherson. “But you can’t let up in this district, anyone can beat you. We just need to keep going and keep building off of this. It’s a blessing to be in the hunt, even if its still early.”

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Katy off to hot start early in season

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Katy has quietly put together a very strong start to the season.

The Tigers have started off the year with a 16-4 record and 3-0 in district, quietly staying tied atop the district race with Tompkins as we come closer to the grind of twice a week district play.

Behind that start has been a strong core of pitching, as the Tigers have only allowed three teams to score five or more runs since the start of March.

“Its really the defense behind us,” said Katy starting pitcher Lucas Moore,” They’ve been making excellent plays all year. The team is really backing up each other right now and that’s what working for us so well. Everyone is doing their job.”

That kind of philosophy has led to the Tigers giving up four runs over their first two District 19-6A games, including just one run given up to Cinco Ranch, which was ranked in the top 20 in the state last week.

“We’re right where we need to be,” said Katy head coach Tom McPherson. “But you can’t let up in this district, anyone can beat you. We just need to keep going and keep building off of this. It’s a blessing to be in the hunt, even if its still early.”

Katy is currently ranked No. 9 in the state, with the only team ahead of them in the polls fro Katy ISD being No. 2 Tompkins, who is off to a 15-0 start.

“The offense is really a huge help for us,” said Cole Kaase, who also starts on the mound for Katy. “They’ve been putting up runs for us and it puts us in a great position as pitchers. Getting to be in that position, where you can attack and not have to be perfect on every throw, it’s great.”

The Tigers though, still have the bulk of their district schedule to go, including both games against Tompkins and both games against Seven Lakes and Taylor, which have had strong starts to the season.

The team knows there are still things to work on, including treating every opponent with great respect and not playing to anyone elses level but their own.

“So far this year, we’ve kind of played to our competitions level,” McPherson said. “But we need to be playing to our own, higher level, we can’t play down. Thankfully there’s a lot of season left to work on that and we’ve played well enough to stay in the hunt, but that’s one of the biggest things for us, is keeping our level where it should be and not playing to our competition.”

But things are going right or Katy so far, and the Tigers know they can compete with any opponent put in front of them.

“We know we can compete for a district title and we have to keep going out there and proving it everyday,” Moore said. “We’re confident in what we can do and we want to go out and show it to people. We just have to keep this going for the rest of district and keep bringing our A-game.

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