After losing in the regional quarterfinals the last two seasons, the Prosper varsity baseball team is the reigning district champ and comes into the season with big goals.
“Our goals every year are to become the best team that we can be,” head coach Rick Carpenter said. “We certainly want to win the district though.”
Last season the Eagles went 29-6-1 and reached the Class 5A Region II quarterfinals, were 12-2 in district play and went undefeated at home. They had five separate winning streaks of four or more games, including a nine-game run where they outscored opponents 70-14.
Their longest losing streak? Just two games.
Of their 29 wins, eight were shutouts and they had 13 games where they scored 10 or more runs.
Once again, they’re predicted to win the District 14-5A crown. Since they’ll have 10 returning starters, they’re also ranked fourth in Region II.
“I am excited to watch all our players,” Carpenter said. “It is a thrill to see them improve and become a better player as the year unfolds.”
Of those 10 returning players, five of them are listed in the txhighschoolbaseball.com top 50 Region II players to watch: seniors Brandon Carmichael, Jacob Cosner, Kendall Foster, Taylor Pendley and junior Brandon Webb.
Carmichael, Cosner and Webb all made first-team all district last season and Foster was second-team all district.
Carpenter returns for his 11th season with Prosper after getting his 800th career win in the 2017 season. His coaching record is 289-96-3 with Prosper.
Prosper’s first game will be a home game against Frisco Wakeland, the team that knocked Prosper out of the playoffs last season.
“We treat all games the same, at least I do,” Carpenter said. “I know how kids can be though. They will be up for that game.”
This game will be the first as part of a weekend long, six-game tournament starting Thursday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.