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Baseball playoffs: Game 3 for Prosper, Mans. Legacy; Frisco Liberty wins to extend series
Senior right-hander Dom Yearego pitched a four-hit shutout to lead Prosper to a series-leveling 1-0 victory over Mansfield Legacy on Friday night at Dallas Baptist’s Patriot Field.
The teams will meet in a decisive Game 3 to decide the Class 4A Region II semifinal series. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at DBU.
Pitching has dominated the series so far. Legacy took Game 1 on Thursday, 2-0.
Yearego (13-1) called it his best performance of the season, but was quick to credit his defense — especially third baseman Anthony Bernardez.
“Anthony is the Prosper hero tonight,” Yearego said. “He’s an animal. And he’s only a sophomore.”
Bernardez made a diving stab of Corey Murray’s smash near the line with a runner in scoring position in the fourth inning and turned it into an out with a throw to first.
In the seventh, Bernardez stretched high to glove Cole Hearrean’s liner.
“When you get plays behind you like that, and we had others tonight, it just builds your confidence as a pitcher,” Yearego said.
Prosper (29-11-1) put together its only three hits with two outs in the second inning to produce the game’s only run off Legacy left-hander Blake Wilson (9-3), who pitched a strong game. Austin Mettica drove in the run with a single to left.
Legacy (28-11) ran its way into two outs in the fifth on an overslide of second base on an attempted steal and later had a runner doubled off first on a hit-and-run line drive speared by Prosper shortstop Tyler Webb.
“It was one of the best high school game’s I’ve seen,” Legacy coach David Walden said, “but it would have been better if we had won. Prosper made play after play after play.”
Frisco Liberty 4, Hallsville 2: Just like in two of the previous three playoff rounds, Liberty found itself needing to win to force a series-deciding game. And as in those other series, Liberty found a way — manufacturing four runs off of three hits in a win over Hallsville, forcing Game 3 at noon Saturday at Mesquite ISD’s Tillery Field.
“That’s what we do,” Liberty third baseman Justin Crider said. “We’ve been down in nearly every series.”
A two-run triple by Crider in the third inning lifted Liberty (32-9), after an uncharacteristically rough first inning by Liberty ace Josh Ryan.
Hallsville (31-4) scored twice in the first inning on Ryan, who surrendered an RBI single by Austin Blakeley and a bases-loaded walk to score the second run.
“I was trying to speed up,” Ryan said. “I didn’t figure out what I was trying to do. After that, my defense talked to me and said ‘You know what? We’ve got your back. Just pitch to contact and go do your thing.’”
Ryan allowed only two hits after the first innings, getting his sixth strikeout to end the game.
Liberty scored its first run in the second inning on a steal of home by Judd Presley. Hallsville center fielder Macailyn Wilder made a diving play to try to catch Crider’s hit in the third, resulting in the triple.
Flower Mound Marcus 5, Midland 1: Jack Cushing scattered six hits and four walks while striking out five as Flower Mound Marcus won Game 1 of a best-of-3 5A Region I semifinal series.
Marcus (31-7), ranked seventh in the state, had only four hits. But Drew Jackson scored two runs and Nic Minor drove in two.
Trailing 1-0, Marcus scored a run in the bottom of the third to tie it, then scored twice in the fourth for a 3-1 lead. Marcus added two runs in the sixth.
Klein Collins 7, Plano 2: Jake Jarvis held Plano to five hits and struck out 10 as Klein Collins tied the best-of-3 Class 5A Region II semifinal series at one win apiece. Game 3 is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Baylor.
Klein Collins (28-10), ranked 10th in the state, took a 3-0 lead in the second on a bases-loaded, three-run triple by Jacob Rodriguez with two outs. He added a sacrifice fly in the fourth to extend Klein Collins’ lead to 5-2.
Trailing 4-0, Plano cut its deficit in half on a two-out, two-run triple by Connor Brady in the fourth. A.J. Liu was 3-for-4 for Plano (29-11-1).
Humble Atascocita 9, Rockwall-Heath 5: Anthony Pagano pitched a seven-hitter, struck out 10 and was 2-for-4 with four RBIs as Atascocita evened the best-of-3 Class 5A Region II semifinal series at one win apiece. Game 3 is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Leading by one, Atascocita extended its lead to 7-2 with a four-run bottom of the fourth. Pagano had a two-run single in the inning.
Rockwall-Heath (32-8), ranked third in the state, scored twice in the fifth and once in the top of the sixth to cut its deficit to 7-5. But Atascocita answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Clayton Rasbeary was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Rockwall-Heath, and R.J. Williams was 2-for-4 with a run.
Texarkana Pleasant Grove 1, Argyle 0: Texarkana Pleasant Grove senior Trey Jeans and Argyle senior Parker Mushinski quieted the opposing team’s bats for five innings in Game 2 of the Class 3A Region II semifinal series. Finally in the sixth inning, Pleasant Grove used three straight walks to get one run across the plate, and that’s all the run support Jeans needed as Pleasant Grove (25-11) tied the series at one win apiece.
It’s the first time this season that Argyle (28-9-1) has been shut out. Game 3 will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant.
Pleasant Grove has reached the 3A state tournament six years in a row. The Hawks defeated Argyle in the 3A Region II final in 2010 and 2011.
Mushinski, a Texas Tech Signee, struck out 10 batters, allowed two hits and still picked up the loss. Jeans, a Louisiana-Lafayette signee, walked on four pitches to score the game’s only run.