COPPELL, Texas – Southlake Carroll ace John Curtiss pitched a three-hit gem against district rival Coppell on Tuesday in the Dragons' 8-0 victory.
Curtiss was able to find success changing the pace with his pitches, striking out four. He worked the outside with off-speed pitches and put batters away with a hard fastball inside.
“We were working fastball in and out and some off-speed,” Curtiss said. “My catcher Patrick Quintanilla calls all my pitches and I trust him. He did a great job calling the game.”
Curtiss’ job was made a little easier with run support throughout the entire game, including a fourth-inning grand slam from Kyle Bailey.
“He’d got me on a fastball up on the last at bat,” Bailey said. “So he came after me with a fastball kind of up at my fist that whole at bat. I fought back with 3-2 and he laid one up and in where I like it and put it up in the wind.”
Bailey pulled the high heater to left for what he said was his first grand slam since freshman-level ball.
Coppell pitchers struggled with their control, allowing seven walks which led to three runs for the Dragons.
Bailey said Coppell’s shaky accuracy helped him anticipate the full-count fastball that he drove out of the park.
Carroll advances to 15-4 on the season and leads District 7-5A with a 4-0 record.