Written by Corbett Smith
Why not Flower Mound? After seeing 2-run lead slip away in 7th, FM rallies to oust Carroll, 8-7
Flower Mound pitcher B.J. Myers slumped in the dugout, distraught. With Flower Mound’s playoff life in the balance, the West Virginia signee had let a two-run lead slip away in the seventh inning of Game 3 against Southlake Carroll. Myers had allowed only two hits until the final inning, when Carroll hit six singles in seven plate appearances, scoring four runs to take a two-run lead.
Before Flower Mound’s turn to bat, Myers’ teammate Ryan Sloma came to him with words of encouragement.
“I’ve known him forever,” Sloma said. “I told him, ‘Look, B.J. Watch this inning. Watch this inning. We are about to come pick you up.' He’s been carrying us all year.”
Flower Mound turned its playoff mantra – “Why not us?” – into reality, tying the score with a suicide squeeze from Sloma and winning on a bases-loaded walk by Jameson Hannah for a 8-7 victory in the Class 5A Region I semifinals at Dallas Baptist’s Patriot Field.
“It’s amazing,” Myers said. “It’s what we dream of as little kids, and we finally did it.”
Trailing 5-3 heading into the seventh, Carroll (31-6) found infield gaps as Myers began to tire. A flare into left-center by leadoff hitter Eric Cole was the coup de grace, scoring two runs to give Carroll a 7-5 lead.
“I think it says a lot about them too,” Flower Mound’s Connor Wanhanen said. “They never quit. And we each kept throwing punches. It just came out that we threw the last one.”
Advancing to its first regional final since 2008, Flower Mound (30-11) will face home-town rival Flower Mound Marcus (32-8) next week, playing for a trip to the UIL state baseball tournament.