Written by Matt Wixon
Carroll’s Heineman quells rally to finish off complete-game victory, even series vs. Flower Mound
SOUTHLAKE — For the first six innings Friday night, Southlake Carroll pitcher Joe Heineman’s skill was on display. In the seventh inning, it was his will.
“We had to have Joe come up like that,” Carroll coach Larry Hughes said after the Dragons beat Flower Mound, 4-2. “He gives us a chance to live another day.”
Carroll (31-5) and Flower Mound (29-11) will play the deciding Game 3 of their Class 5A Region I semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dallas Baptist University. Heineman, a senior who is now the Dragons’ top pitcher because of the injury to Ben Leeper, pitched a complete game against Flower Mound, allowing six hits.
The final three Flower Mound hits added drama to a game that Carroll had busted open with four runs in the fifth. The Dragons got to Flower Mound starter Seth Jordan with an inning that included Drew Davis’ double, Eric Cole’s two-run single and a triple that Drew Brown smashed to right-center to knock in two more runs. Brown’s hit came after Hughes let him swing away on a 3-0 count.
Heineman, who retired 11 in a row at one point, was breathing hard in the seventh after Sean Wymer crushed a home run to left and Noah Hill and Sean Holehouse followed with doubles.
“If you give up hits like that, you think, ‘Oh man, maybe they’ve figured out what I’m doing,’” Heineman said.
But he took a deep breath and focused. “I just tried to slow things down,” he said, “and rely on my defense.”
With the tying run at the plate, Heineman got Casey Jacobsen to fly out to first and Jameson Hannah to ground out to first.