Written by Corbett Smith
Big swing gives Mansfield Legacy 6-5 win over Prosper and 1st Region final berth
Cole Hearrean and his coach, Mansfield Legacy’s David Walden, had a chat right before his third at-bat against Prosper in Game 3 of the Class 4A Region II semifinal.
Hearrean, Legacy’s cleanup hitter, had two uninspiring at-bats already. With two runners on and his team trailing by three, Walden wanted him to get a simple base hit, not swing for the deep fences at Dallas Baptist’s Patriot Field.
“‘That’s a thirty-something foot wall out there,’” Walden said to Hearrean. “‘You can’t hit it over it.’ And I’ll be damned, the next pitch, he hit it over the light.”
Hearrean’s clutch home run in the fifth inning, combined with his 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, helped Legacy to a 6-5 win, advancing to the Class 4A Region II final for the first time in school history.
“I guess I got lucky,” Hearrean said, shrugging.
After a shaky start by sophomore Kade Strowd, allowing two runs and making 34 pitches in a laborious first inning, Walden was forced to go three relievers, including his Game 1 and 2 starters, Hearrean and Blake Wilson.
“We didn’t want to do that; we hated to do that,” Walden said. “But I think they are proud that they did it.”
Legacy (29-11) managed the go-ahead run in the sixth on a groundout by Dalton Dunn, scoring Karson Houston.
Hearrean, who threw 99 pitches in a two-hit win on Thursday, then came back out to finish the game in the seventh inning. But Prosper (29-12-1) loaded the bases thanks to three walks; Hearrean said he got tight from the pressure. He was pulled, leaving the game for Wilson with the bases loaded and two outs. Wilson induced a groundout by Prosper’s Steele Walker to end the game.
“Honestly, I couldn’t feel my legs,” Wilson said. “But I knew that if I threw strikes, the guys behind me would take care of the rest.”