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Baseball roundup: Wakeland ousts HP; Martin, Waxahachie advance
GRAND PRAIRIE — Frisco Wakeland got a double from junior Dan Harrington to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth for a 4-3 victory over Highland Park on Saturday, making it the third consecutive season that Wakeland has eliminated Highland Park in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal Game 3.
Wakeland trailed, 3-0, after the top of the first but got 52/3 innings of scoreless relief from junior Cam Brockhoff and tied the score on a throwing error in the bottom of the fifth. Wakeland (27-10) advanced to play Waxahachie in the Region II semifinals.
“I wouldn’t expect anything different in a series with Highland Park,” Wakeland coach Barry Rose said. “We told the kids that no matter what happens, stay focused on every pitch and see what happens.”
Highland Park (25-12-1) won Game 1, but Wakeland senior Willie Schwanke shut down Highland Park for a 4-2 Wakeland victory in Game 2. In Game 3, Highland Park couldn’t hold its early lead against Wakeland, even with a strong performance from senior pitcher Matthew Milburn.
Highland Park led, 3-0, on a sacrifice fly and a two-run single by Griffin Gaule. Wakeland pulled within, 3-2, in the bottom of the first on back-to-back RBI doubles by Justin Swanner and Seth Mullis.
Highland Park left four runners in scoring position in the first two innings and had a runner thrown out at the plate as Brockhoff limited Highland Park to three hits over the final five innings.
Wakeland tied the score, 3-3, in the fifth after a single by Grant Devoe and a pair of walks loaded the bases with no outs. Highland Park got two infield outs without allowing a run, but a slow grounder to third led to a wide throw of first, allowing the tying run to score.
In the bottom of the sixth, a bad-hop single by freshman Johnny Gonzales went over shortstop, and a sacrifice bunt set up Harrington’s game-winning double down the left-field line.
Arlington Martin 5, Lubbock Coronado 1: Nick Hendrix pitched a three-hitter and struck out nine as the state’s top-ranked 5A team swept a Region I quarterfinal series. Collin Lawrence had two RBIs for Martin (32-3-1), and Seth Henry was 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Waxahachie 4, Corsicana 2: John Castellanos went 2-for-3 and scored two runs as Waxahachie, the third-place team from District 15-4A, beat 15-4A champion Corsicana in Game 3 of a best-of-3 4A Region II quarterfinal series. Ryan Cawthon pitched a four-hitter and struck out six for Waxahachie, and Marshall Herron scored two runs.
Denton Ryan 2-10, Lake Dallas 8-3: Denton Ryan scored seven runs in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie and win, 10-3, in Game 3 of a best-of-3 4A Region I quarterfinal series. That came after Ryan lost Game 2, 8-2, earlier Saturday, then fell behind, 3-0, after two innings in Game 3.
Travis Wiley (4-3) pitched a complete game to help Ryan advance to play Waco Midway. Wiley settled down after a shaky start, retiring 10 straight batters at one point. He allowed one hit in the final five innings and struck out eight. At the plate, Wiley went 5-for-6 with an RBI in Games 2 and 3 combined.
Farmersville 8, Sanger 7: Derrick Griffin’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave Farmersville a sweep in a 3A Region II quarterfinal series.
Farmersville rallied from a 6-1 deficit by scoring one run in the fifth and four in the sixth. Farmersville then trailed by a run entering the bottom of the 10th, but Daniel Ortiz led off with a single and scored on Byron Brooks’ double to tie the score.
Prosper 7, Argyle 4: Tyler Webb homered, and Brandon Grudzielanek and Torii Hunter Jr. each had two RBIs as Prosper, ranked eighth in the state, won Game 3 of a best-of-3 3A Region II quarterfinal series against No. 7 Argyle.