Written by Corbett Smith
Mansfield Legacy lefty pitches two-hitter, has key hit in 2-0 4A Region II semifinal win over Prosper
Mansfield Legacy left-handed pitcher Cole Hearrean didn’t have much of a margin for error, up by a single run as Game 1 against Prosper came to a close.
So Hearrean created his own breathing room.
In the sixth inning, with the tying run at first, Hearrean baited Prosper’s Steele Walker into getting caught stealing. Hearrean later hit a single that set up an insurance run in Legacy’s 2-0 win in the Class 4A Region II semifinals at Dallas Baptist’s Horner Ballpark.
“Cole Hearrean, Cole Hearrean, Cole Hearrean … what a game,” Legacy coach David Walden said.
Third baseman Dalton Dunn went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, as Hearrean (11-1) pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout — striking out 12 with just one walk.
“Pitching-wise, I had everything tonight,” Hearrean said. “I didn’t have the velocity I usually have, but my location was on. I could throw it where I needed to throw it. Curveball, changeup, fastball — everything was working.”
Legacy (28-10) scored in the second inning, with Dunn hitting a one-out double to left-center field, scoring Sam Mahofski. Dunn was thrown out trying to stretch the hit to a triple.
With one out, Prosper (28-11-1) had two runners on in the third inning but came away empty-handed.
In the bottom of the sixth, after Hearrean’s single, Dunn drove in courtesy runner Seth Jaggers with a single.
Another win is all Legacy needs to reach a regional final for the first time.
“This is our third time in five years to be to this level,” Walden said. “And we just can’t get through this level. We want to get through this one.”