Poolville High baseball coach Alex Bracy likes that his team is set in its ways.

“We’re a highly intelligent team that backs it up with good pitching and solid defense,” Bracy told Texas Scorecard. “There’s a determination among them to hold each other accountable and to exceed all expectations.”

It’s a mindset and kind of commitment that has the Monarchs (13-7 overall, 5-5 in 2A Region 10 District) on the verge of reaching one of their top goals of a postseason berth in one of the toughest districts around. A win in one of their last two games will assure Poolville of that accomplishment.

Sophomore shortstop/pitcher Trendan Parrish sets the tone for the Monarchs, hitting .513 and proving almost unhittable on the mound with 50 strikeouts in just over 24 innings to go with a 1.53 ERA.  

“He’s a real highlight and does whatever we need him to do,” Bracy added. “In one recent game, he had four stolen bases.”

Senior second basemen/pitcher Hunter Brown and junior catcher Walter Frizzell have been just as valuable for the Monarchs.

“Hunter’s getting really hot and stroking the ball,” Bracy said. “And every time he’s taken the mound, we’ve had a chance to win.”

The coach describes Frizzell as the “rock to the team’s foundation” from his catcher position.

It’s all made for quite the experience for Bracy in his first year of calling the shots for the Monarchs.

“It’s been everything I hoped for and more,” he said. “We’ve got great kids that always want to succeed and a great support system. All the guys love each other and that makes for a solid team atmosphere.”