Baseball playoffs: Lubbock Coronado rips 30 hits in sweeping past Plano

Lubbock Coronado 15-8, Plano 3-3: In Abilene, Coronado swept two games to win the Class 5A Region I semifinal series, two games to one, and advance to play Hurst L.D. Bell.

On a day when the thermometer reached a record 109 degrees in Abilene, Coronado (30-14) pounded out 30 hits in the twinbill, rebounding after losing 13-12 in the series opener Friday.

Coronado came out swinging in Game 2 of the series, jumping to an early 7-0 lead. Coronado pounded out 19 hits, including four doubles and three home runs in a 15-3 rout. Ryan Thomas hit a solo home run for Plano, but the Wildcats couldn’t mount a serious threat again sophomore left-hander Taylor Bridges, who hurled a seven-hitter and struck out nine.

Coronado shortstop Paxton DeLaGarza, who was 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBIs in Saturday’s opener, quickly put Plano in a hole in the nightcap with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning as Coronado grabbed a 4-0 lead.

Plano scored three times in the second on run-scoring singles by Justin Arrington and Matt Johnson and a sacrifice fly by Matt McLean to cut its deficit to 5-3. But the Wildcats failed to score the rest of the way against starting pitcher Tyler O’Neill and reliever Paxton Bartley and lost, 8-3.

Arrington and Joey Kaufman had three hits apiece in Saturday’s second game for Plano, which finished the season 30-8.

Burleson 18, Lake Dallas 13: Burleson erased an early six-run deficit to win Game 3 of the Class 4A Region I semifinal series.

Marshall Little hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first to give Lake Dallas a 4-0 lead, but Burleson scored four runs in the top of the second. Lake Dallas (28-12) responded by building a 10-4 lead in the bottom of the second, but Burleson (25-16) outscored Lake Dallas, 14-3, in the final five innings.

Argyle 11-15, Longview Spring Hill 13-8: In Longview, leadoff hitter Pat Vickery capped a big series by going 3-for-3 with a pair of long home runs, a double and five RBIs as Argyle beat Longview Spring Hill, 15-8, in Game 3 of a Class 3A Region II semifinal series.

Including Spring Hill’s 13-11 win earlier Saturday, Vickery finished the day 6-for-8 with six RBIs. He was 8-for-12 with seven RBIs in the series.

In Game 3, Trent Cantrell led off the Argyle fourth with a home run, then the Eagles scored six runs on seven hits in the top of the fifth to build an 11-2 lead. After Spring Hill closed to within 12-8, Vickery launched a three-run home run just to the left of the 400-foot sign in center field in the seventh.

Argyle (29-11) advanced to face Texarkana Pleasant Grove.

Freelance writers Al Pickett, Ben Baby and Jack Stallard contributed to this report.

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