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Wakeland dominates Waxahachie in DH sweep, gains regional final
FRISCO — Frisco Wakeland gave up just one run in 14 innings to sweep a doubleheader against Waxahachie and win the teams’ Class 4A Region II semifinal series Saturday at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Wakeland defeated Waxahachie, 7-1, in Game 3 as junior pitcher Cam Brockhoff allowed four hits and also drove in two runs. Earlier, Wakeland senior pitcher Willie Schwanke threw a one-hitter in a 2-0 victory in Game 2.
Wakeland (29-11) will play Rockwall-Heath (33-8) in the Region II final in a best-of-3 series Thursday, Friday and Saturday at a neutral site to be determined.
Heath has reached three consecutive regional finals without advancing to the UIL state tournament. Wakeland defeated Heath to reach the 2010 state tournament.
Wakeland started Brockhoff in the deciding Game 3 against Waxahachie, and he responded with his third Game 3 decision of the playoffs. He came in to relieve for the Game 3 victory over Highland Park last week, and he picked up the win in relief in the first round while also hitting a walk-off grand slam to eliminate McKinney North.
“Cam has had the hot hand, so I went with him as the starter this time,” Wakeland coach Barry Rose said. “He’s throwing his off-speed pitches for strikes and keeps them off-balance. I told the team before the game that in these playoff doubleheaders, the team that wins the first game can ride that momentum into the second, and that’s what we did.”
Brockhoff helped himself again as a hitter by giving Wakeland a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Brockhoff hit a single to drive in a run after consecutive singles by freshman first baseman Johnny Gonzales and sophomore shortstop Grant Devore. Wakeland led 2-0 as Devore scored on an error. Brockhoff added an RBI double in a four-run fourth inning that gave Wakeland a seven-run lead.
Waxahachie (25-16), which upset Corsicana in a best-of-3 regional quarterfinal, scored only three runs in 21 innings against Wakeland.
In Game 2, Schwanke retired the first 13 Wakeland batters before giving up a walk in the fifth. He didn’t allow a hit until two outs in the seventh and struck out seven.
In a Game 2 victory against Highland Park last week, Schwanke (9-0) gave up a two-run double, but allowed only two other base runners, on a hit and an error. Schwanke has retired the side in order in nine of his last 14 innings.
Wakeland used a squeeze bunt from designated hitter Ryan Perry to take a 1-0 lead over Waxahachie in the third inning. Wakeland, which squeezed home two runs in its last series, got its first run across after junior lefthander Dan Harrington reached on an error. Senior center fielder Hayden Nixon singled in a run for a 2-0 lead in the fifth.