In an area rich with superb pitchers, there wasn’t anybody who befuddled batters toward the end of the season quite like Krum’s Ty Damron.
Krum, making the move up to Class 3A for the first time, leaned on its 6-foot-2 lefty as the Bobcats looked to make a deep postseason run.
Krum had the right pitcher to make such a run. Damron finished the year with a record of 8-2 and an ERA of 1.00, which made him the clear choice to be the Most Valuable Player of the Denton Record-Chronicle’s All-Area baseball team.
When Krum entered the postseason, Damron stepped up his performance on the mound and helped lead Krum to the regional quarterfinals.
The soft-spoken pitcher wouldn’t pinpoint why he was so successful when it mattered most.
“I guess playoffs finally came around and it got more serious,” Damron said. “Just all of my teammates, it was our last shot as seniors, and we tried to go as far as we could.”
Damron, who earned a scholarship from Texas Tech and was drafted in the 13th round of baseball’s First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, struck out 138 batters and issued 40 walks last season.
In the first round of the playoffs against Celina, Damron struck out 17 of 18 batters and pitched an abbreviated no-hitter in Krum’s 11-0 victory May 2. In Krum’s season-ending series against Bridgeport, Damron struck out 15 and allowed one hit in the team’s lone victory.
Krum coach Ray Miller said that throughout the season the left-hander threw pitches from 87 to 89 mph. Damron was clocked in the low 90s early in the season, Miller said.
At the plate, Damron batted .337, hit one home run and tallied 20 RBIs.
But as the season continued, Damron grew stronger on the mound and was virtually un-hittable.
“Nothing really bothered me,” Damron said. “[There were] no distractions. All I thought about was the game.”
It’s a recipe that made the pitcher dominant in his senior season.