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Mak ing amends for a lost chance in football, the Yoemen leapt out early and held on for a 7-3 win over Nacogdoches Central Heights to claim the Class 2A state championship Thursday afternoon at Dell Diamond on a beautifully sunny day in front of 1,652 fans.
Led by the player opponents and their fans love to hate, Brashear was named the tournament’s most valuable player after picking up the victory in game one and saving the day in game two.
The linear senior also went 5- for-7 at the plate to accompany his 10 innings of shutout baseball, including a 3-for-4 showing and two runs batted in in the championship game.
“I didn’t care if I went 0-for-5 and gave up five home runs as long as we won that game,” Brashear said. “Yesterday after the win it was just a win because we knew we had to come out today and get another one.
“I told the team, we’re refusing to lose today. Now, it’s time to celebrate because we’re the state champs.”
“ We finished the job,” said senior shor tstop Ty Morgan. “That’s all I can say, we finished the job.”
“We’ve worked so hard as players and coaches all year to get to this moment,” said third-year Cameron Coach John Broussard. “It’s just unbelievable. It’s just so sweet. I can’t explain the feeling.”
Morgan, along w ith senior catcher John Rinn, senior outfielder Jarrett Beckhusen, and freshman outfielder Michael Evan were named to the all-tournament team for Cameron which finishes 35-7-1 for the year.
The Yoemen’s previous longest trek in the playoffs was to the regional finals in 2006 and of course nine of the players on the hardball roster had enough motivation to draw on after a loss in the Class 2A state championship football game six months ago on a last-second pass.
In its first year back in Class 2A, Cameron surely has reigned and the baseball title is the second team trophy during the 2010- 11 school year, with the Lady Yoe taking home the crown in track.
It was the first hardware for the boys since the 1981 championship in football in Class 3A.
Broussard was hoping he wasn’t going to have to put his star back on the mound in game two after a 100-pitch count Wednesday in the 6-0 semifinals win over Bushland, but Rinn (11-1) was gassed after the fourth inning.
Brashear assured his coach before the game that he was ready to roll if needed.
“I told coach I had as many innings in me as he needed,” said Brashear, who plans to attend Texas A&M in September.
“We were hoping we weren’t going to get in a situation where we needed to bring him in,” Broussard said. “He said he was ready to go and he was.”
After giving up a leadoff double, Brashear kept the Blue Devils (35-7) off the basepaths, including a 1-2-3 seventh to send the players into celebration mode after a lineout to third baseman Justin Sapp.
The Yoemen left little doubt of their intentions in the title game, jumping out to an early 5-0 lead by the second inning after sending nine batters to the plate in the frame.
Leading 2- 0 after a pair of Nacogdoches throwing errors, Brashear stroked a two-out single to left centerfield to plate Justin Sapp and Jake Young to build a 4- 0 advantage before Thomas Rinn ripped a triple down the rightfield line to score Brashear and make it 5-0.
“We were able to score early and put some pressure on them,” said senior left fielder Jarrett Beckhausen. “ We capitalized from then on and just played Yoemen baseball.”
Entering the playoffs ranked No. 5 in the state, the Yoemen naturally finished the year ranked No. 1 in the final coaches poll Wednesday, which is exactly where they expected to be.
Lone Star Cup
With their championship victory, Cameron finished the year on top of the Class 2A UIL Lone Star Cup standings, which is awarded annually.
The Lone Star Cup standings involves all area of school participation, including academics, marching band, one act play as well as all the athletic activities
Cameron tallied 74 total points to Tatum’s 60.
The winner receives a trophy and a $1,000 scholarship.
Brashear and Thomas Rinn were both selected to the firstteam of the Texas High School Coaches Association Class 2A All-State team Wednesday.
Brashear was named as a pitcher and Rinn as an outfielder.
YOE NOTES—Brashear was also named to the Coaches allstar game that will be played June 18 at Dell Diamond. He is listed as a pitcher on the south squad. Broussard played in the same game when he was a senior at Hardin-Jefferson High School... Brashear’s 5-for-7 showing was the fourth best effort in Class 2A tournament history... Recently graduated Jack Rhoades will walk on at Texas State as a quarterback... Cameron won 29 of its last 30 games... The Yoemen lose six seniors off this championship team... The Yoemen were nicknamed the “Yoehawks” because of the Mohawks they were sporting, courtesy of barber Brashear.
LONE STAR CUP
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Rinn, J. and Rinn, T.; Todd and Phillips, Haley (4). W-Rinn (11-1). L-Phillips (5-3).2B-Rinn, T; Rinn, J; Clifton, J. 3B-Rinn,T. Records-Cameron 35-7-1, Nacogdoches Central Heights 35-7. Time-2:21. Att-1,588.
Reyna, Rhodes and McCasland, Kiper (5); Rinn, J. and Brashear. W-Brashear 12-2. L-McCasland 12-3. Records- Cameron 34-7-1, Bushland 28-8. Time-1:50. Att-1,588.