Kevin Cron hit home runs on consecutive pitches to set the state record for career long balls in a 15-2 win on Friday afternoon against Westwood .
The Mountain Pointe catcher blasted a 1-0 fastball to dead center for career dinger No. 44 in the third inning and hit a first-pitch slider over the left field fence in the fourth for No. 45 to pass the mark set by Tony Espinoza of Eloy Santa Cruz in 2004.
The first home run broke the 5A record of 43, set by Desert Vista star Corey Myers in 1999.
Cron needed 12 home runs this season to break the state mark and did so with 13 regular season games remaining.
“It was really a fun thing for everybody out here,” Cron said. “I enjoyed it, my teammates enjoyed it. It was pretty cool.”
Cron went 0-for-4 against Desert Ridge on Wednesday and grounded into a double play in his first at-bat against the Warriors, but hit a couple of no-doubters his final two times up.
Cron tied the single-season mark for home runs with 22 last year, but that was during the state tournament when he had less time to think about the accomplishment. With a whole offseason knowing his home run total, he said he was aware what was going on this time around.
“It was definitely in my mind,” Cron said. “I’d be lying to you if I said it wasn’t.”
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior has committed to play for Texas Christian collegiately next season, but he is also expected to be a high selection in Major League Baseball’s draft.
“I’ve never seen a better hitter in my entire life,” Mountain Pointe coach Brandon Buck said. “If there’s a better hitter in the country, I want to see him. To have the approach that he does, the work ethic he does, to be able to do what he does with the ball - coaches are worried to pitch to him because he’s going to hit a home run, and he still does it. It’s crazy.”