Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Frisco Liberty takes inside track to 9-4A baseball title with win over Prosper
FRISCO -- The inside track to the District 9-4A baseball title belongs to Frisco Liberty, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Prosper in showdown of the league’s top two teams Tuesday night at the Redhawks’ diamond.
Dylan Queen had two hits, including a home run, and right-hander Robby Evans held down a potent Prosper lineup.
“Prosper is always a tough team,’’ said Queen. “It is good to get this one and have a chance for the district title.’’
Evans, in his five innings, walked five but limited Prosper to three hits. Reliever Michael Cantrell pitched around a two-out double in the sixth and Josh Ryan worked a scoreless, but scary seventh for the save.
Chad Hardy and Steele Walker opened the Prosper seventh with base hits. Third baseman Justin Crider made the key play for Liberty, knocking down Tyler Webb’s sharp grounder and recovering in time to beat Hardy to the bag on a close play.
Liberty (25-5, 11-2), No. 2 in SportsDay’s Class 4A area rankings, can nail down the title with a win over Frisco Wakeland on Friday in the final regular-season game.
Queen, batting at the bottom of the order, launched his third home run of the season leading off the bottom of the third for a 2-0 Liberty lead. Liberty designated hitter Mario Quintanilla drove in the game’s first run with a second-inning double, scoring Jake Akin, who reached on a two-out single.
Prosper (21-8-1, 10-3), ranked No. 4 in SportsDay‘s 4A area rankings, pushed across its run in the fifth without the benefit of a hit. Blaine Moore drove in the run with an infield out.
Prosper executed a perfect relay play to deny Liberty a third run in the fourth. Judd Presley attempted to score from first on Clay Crews’ two-out double, but Prosper centerfielder Chad Hardy and shortstop Tyler Webb made accurate throws and catcher Austin Mettica applied the tag to a sliding Presley.
Both teams are coming off multi-round playoff campaigns in 2013. Prosper, on its diamond, defeated Liberty, 3-2, in the first round of district play last month.