What a week for Kyle Muller.
On Monday, the Dallas Jesuit pitcher/outfielder was named the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year. Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels gave Muller the surprise of his life by showing up to the school to present him with the trophy. Then on Thursday, he was selected in the second round of the MLB draft by the Atlanta Braves.
Today, Muller and his teammates won the Class 6A State Championship, the first UIL championship in program history.
Junior pitcher and Stanford commit Jacob Palisch allowed one earned run on seven hits while striking out seven in the 6-2 win over San Antonio Johnson this afternoon in Round Rock. The junior lefty was named UIL State Tournament MVP. Pitcher J.J. Montenegro came on in the seventh and got the strikeout to end the game.
Catcher Bryce Bonner went 1-for-2, driving in two runs in the win. Jared Bond, JT Mix and Mark Ready also had RBI’s for the Rangers, who finished the season with a 36-8-2 record.
As for Muller, he was 1-for-4 in the win, finishing his career on a five-game hitting streak. In the state semifinals on Thursday, less than 24 hours after getting drafted 44th overall, the Texas signee pitched seven scoreless innings in the 2-0 win over Houston Langham Creek. Muller, a lefty, struck out nine in the shutout.
The baseball team became the second Jesuit program to win a state title this season. The lacrosse program won its first Texas High School Lacrosse League state championship in May.
Written by C. James