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Baseball roundup: Hillcrest fights back to win series
It was a whirlwind 24 hours for coach Mike Tovar and Hillcrest.
On Friday night, Hillcrest rallied from a 7-3 deficit by scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to keep its season alive with a 13-8 victory over Carrollton Creekview. No. 7 hitter Hunter Mathis was called on to sacrifice bunt with two on and no outs, but his bunt was so good that a play couldn’t be made — loading the bases. His second time around in the inning, with the bases loaded, Mathis hit a grand slam.
On Saturday, in the deciding Game 3 of a Class 4A Region II second-round playoff series, Hillcrest answered lone runs by Carrollton Creekview in the second and third with multi-run innings en route to a 6-3 victory. Hillcrest advanced to face Rockwall-Heath in the regional quarterfinals.
Coleman Waheed went 4-for-4 with three RBIs Saturday for Hillcrest (31-5-1). His two-run single in the second put Hillcrest up, 2-1. After Creekview tied the score in the top of the third, Hillcrest scored three times in the bottom of the inning. Waheed and Taylor Hinojosa each had an RBI single.
Matthew Talley pitched a complete game and struck out nine. Talley threw 118 pitches.
“He was in command the whole game,” Tovar said. “He had all his pitches working, plus he was pitching with a lot of confidence.”
Jesuit 2-5, Belton 4-4: Ben Wright hit a game-winning, two-run single with no outs in the bottom of the seventh as Jesuit (32-6) won Game 3 of the best-of-3 second-round series, 5-4, and advanced to play McKinney Boyd in the regional quarterfinals. Belton won Game 2 of the series, 4-2, earlier Saturday.
Arlington 9, Lubbock Monterey 7: Jordan Forrester doubled twice and had three RBIs, and Kyle Shaffer went 3-for-4 to help Arlington (26-9) complete a two-game sweep. Arlington built a 9-1 lead before holding on for the win.
Frisco Wakeland 18, Bryan Adams 2: Eric Swann and Ryan O’Hearn each had three hits and four RBIs as Wakeland, the state’s third-ranked 4A team, swept its second-round series and moved on to face fifth-ranked Highland Park.
Willie Schwanke, Jake Martin and Logan Zike combined to strike out 13 in five innings for Wakeland. Schwanke also had three RBIs, as did Justin Swanner.
Rockwall-Heath 15, Molina 0: Timbo Duncan hit a grand slam and had five RBIs, and Jake Bledsoe doubled twice and drove in two runs as Rockwall-Heath (31-5-1) swept its area-round series.
Jake Thompson and Jake Baxter combined on a two-hit shutout. Rockwall-Heath, the state’s ninth-ranked 4A team, had 15 hits, including eight for extra bases.
Lake Dallas 27, Clint Horizon 5: Tyler Waller was 6-for-6 as Lake Dallas (25-10) swept its series.