Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Plano West dominated by The Woodlands in opener of regional semifinal series
GEORGETOWN – The Woodlands’ senior ace Ryan Burnett scattered two hits in a dominating, complete-game performance and the Highlanders scored four runs via errors during an 8-1 victory against Plano West in the opening game of the best-ofthree Class 5A Region II semifinal series late Friday at East View High School.
The contest was delayed almost two hours by torrential rain and was only able to be played because the Patriots’ Baseball Complex has field turf rather than natural grass.
Burnett, who has signed a letter of intent to play at TCU next season, allowed only a solo home run to Plano West’s Mason Gentry in the fifth while striking out eight and walking three. Burnett (13-1) retired the last seven batters he faced.
By the time Gentry launched his home run, The Woodlands (33-3) had already built an eight-run lead thanks to eight hits and four Wolves errors, way too much of a deficit for Plano West to overcome against one of the top prep pitchers in the state.
Plano West starter Nick Gripp (8-3) took the loss, surrendering eight hits and four earned runs. He struck out nine and walked four in 5 1/3 innings before being relieved by Michael Colvert in the sixth.
Charlie Warren and Chris Andristos each had two hits and scored twice for the Highlanders. Plano West’s only other hit was a single by Connor Smith.
Game 2 of the series is set for noon Saturday; the Wolves (23-12-1) will need to win that contest to extend their season to a deciding third game 45 after the conclusion of the first game.