LUBBOCK, TX - Brad Ralston was a two sport star at Coronado from 1992 to 1995. The former Mustang was a great basketball player but was even better on the diamond,
"you know I was worried about making the team my sophomore year, JV I didn't even know if I would get that so to blossom during that time and grow and then have a lot of talented people around me it was a lot of fun to play when you knew you had a chance to win every time you step on the field," said the former Mustang flame thrower.
Coincidentally it was that same year he was worried about making JV that legendary coach John Dudley knew he had something special,
"his sophomore year we brought him up with us and I actually pitched him in two of the playoff games and there was something about him that caught my eye then and I was sitting talking to Ken about that, you could sense a competitive nature about him."
Over his final two seasons Ralston finished with an overall record of 26-3, leading the Mustangs to the 1995 state tournament where he out dueled future big leaguer Kevin Walker in the semi-finals. After Coronado the ace was off to pitch for Texas Tech,
"had two scholarship offers there and Rice and at the time the Tech program was on the rise and had a lot of local guys that stuck around and played had a lot of success," said Ralston.
As a Red Raider he was a part of some of the best teams in program history. The Coronado product was used mostly as a reliever but pitched well enough to be drafted in the 27th round by the Milwaukee Brewers.
"I had a three day career, I actually went to spring training and never picked up a baseball I failed my physical when I got there I had an arm injury my junior year in college."
In 2015 he was inducted into the LISD Hall of Honor, an award that was well deserved according to his former coach.
"I would certainly tell you that he is one of the most outstanding pitchers and baseball players that we've had to go through there."
For the former high school standout the honor meant a great deal,
"it means a lot because to me it's more than just baseball it means that you've conducted yourself well that you've represented your school well and that was important to me and still is to this day."