Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Plano West can’t solve The Woodlands’ pitching, bows out in Region II semifinals
GEORGETOWN – The Woodlands’ Carter Hope gave up just three hits and allowed only one runner as far as second base and benefitted from a pair of three-run home runs as the Highlanders roared past Plano West 8-0 in game 2 of the Class 5A Region II semifinals Saturday afternoon at East View High School.
The Woodlands, ranked No. 1 in the state at the end of the regular season by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, swept the series and advances to the Region II finals against either Rockwall or Klein Collins at a date, time and site to be determined.
Hope (10-0), an Oklahoma State signee, got stronger as the game progressed, striking out 10 (including five in a row in the middle innings) while walking just one in the Highlanders’ second dominating complete-game performance in two days.
The Woodlands (34-3) got all the offense it needed in a five-run first inning off Plano West starter Blake Bruce (3-2) including a long three-run home run from Kolbi Brown. Alex Dunlap added a three-run homer in the fourth off Bruce to push the lead to 8-0.
Plano West was outscored 16-1, had just five hits and committed eight errors in the two-game series. The Wolves ended their season at 23-13-1.
“We just didn’t do much offensively and made too many mistakes against a very good opponent,” Plano West coach Kevin Clark. “I can’t say enough about the way our senior class helped bring this program back to where it’s been. After seeing The Woodlands, I can’t imagine anyone beating them.”