Locked in: Round Rock baseball eyes State Tournament redemption
The UIL baseball playoffs resume Thursday, and the feeling of last year’s state championship loss is still fresh for Round Rock.
“We got a bitter taste in our mouths still.” Round Rock senior Kyle Hawkins said.
“That’s last year. We can’t control those things, we can control where we are right now and be in the present moment.” added head coach John Carter.
In 2017, the Dragons lived by the motto “uncommon”. This year, “locked in” is the theme driving Round Rock on their pursuit of state tournament redemption.
Somebody sees it from outside and they don’t really know what it’s all about. But ‘locked in’, it means something different to all of us.
The Dragons are putting a literal spin on the phrase. Each player on the team has their own lock on the fence of the team dugout, and each lock features a personalized word.
“A chain of locks is unbreakable. In order to get everybody on board you have to be willing to put your lock on the chain and throw away the key.” Carter explained.
Before the season started, those keys were tossed away on top of the weight room. Then the Dragons held a team meeting where everyone explained their word. No talk of baseball, just life.
“It’s definitely a chemistry builder.” senior Tye Lindsey said. “You know more about the guy then what he is on the field.”
“It’s broughten a bigger meaning as the playoffs go on. You definitely get to know that that’s been a huge deal in our season.”