As former Granbury High standouts who went on to play beyond their Pirate days, Nick Papasan and Matt Mitcham have an eye for talent when they see it.
And in this case, it’s right in front of them on a daily basis.
The youth baseball team they coach, Texas Edge 10U, recently won the Super Series World Series in Woodland Park, Colo.
The championship was their third of the year, and their most prestigious. They had earlier captured titles in the Pony Elite Tournament and Brazos River Athletics Super Series Tournament, both in Granbury. In addition, they took second in the Boedeker Ice Breaker Tournament in Weatherford.
“We couldn’t be more proud of this team,” said Papasan, who shares coaching duties with his father, Dennis Papasan, and Mitcham.
“They represent not only Texas Edge, but Granbury in a great way. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.”
Nick Papasan, following two seasons at shortstop for GHS in which he was one of the top hitters in the state, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins. The move-in from Midland was consistently among their top minor league prospects as long as he could stay healthy, but injuries forced him to retire.
Mitcham played alongside Papasan at GHS in 2005 as a pitcher and later went on to play for Tarleton State.
Texas Edge won five of six games in Colorado, outscoring its foes 67-24. In the championship game, they defeated another North Texas team, the Dallas Panthers, 6-3.
The win over the Panthers avenged Texas Edge’s only loss in the double-elimination tournament, 11-9 in their fourth game.
Every Texas Edge player pitched in the World Series and contributed to the wins. Lane Powledge hurled a six-inning complete game in the title contest.
Braden Karnes led Texas Edge in hitting in the World Series, batting .667 with a triple, four runs batted in, and six stolen bases. Also, Brock Mueller batted .647 with a pair of home runs, three doubles, seven RBIs and four stolen bases.
Five players batted over .400 in the World Series for Texas Edge. Another, Craig Holt, had a .500 on-base percentage.
Texas Edge made the most of its opportunities once on base, stealing 55 bases. Matthew Walters and Kyle Rushing led with 10 each, while Karnes and Ty McCall had six each.
Walters also led all players with a dozen RBIs.
“Every players has improved tremendously throughout the season,” said Mitcham. “They earned their World Series win through dedication and hard work. They put on a show.”
Speaking of shows, several members of the team also stood out in the accompanying Skills Competition. Powledge took first place in Running. Taylor Calcote, Casey Pierson, Trevor St. Don, Holt, Powledge and Rushing won the Around-The-Horn competition.
In the Home Run Derby, Mueller took the top spot with eight, followed by Walters with five, and Karnes with three.
“This team had a family feel to it this year,” said Dennis Papasan. “They are a talented group that could easily contribute to a Granbury High School state championship in the near future.”
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