Written by Corbett Smith
Colleyville Heritage defeats Keller, 11-9, behind home run heroics
LEWISVILLE — Colleyville Heritage sophomores Cody Thomas and Preston Palmeiro played a game of one-upsmanship in late-inning heroics.
A game-winning three-run home run by Thomas in the bottom of the eighth gave Colleyville Heritage a 11-9 win and a two-game sweep of Keller in the Class 5A Region I area round.
Down by a run in the seventh and facing submarine reliever Josh Wymer, Palmeiro’s one-out double eventually led to the game-tying run, as courtesy runner Matt Barke scored from third on a sacrifice fly from Kody Van.
In the top of the eighth, Keller centerfielder Jake Wakamatsu — the son of former Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu — hit his second home run in three innings, giving Keller a 9-8 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Layne Covey and Joe Kearns reached, and with one out, Keller again went to the bullpen, pulling Wymer for Milam Rideout.
Thomas took a changeup on a 2-1 count, and pulled it over the right-field wall.
“I told Cody before the inning, ‘You going to let the other sophomore out do you?’” Heritage coach Alan McDougal said. “And he said, ‘No, this thing’s over.’”
Colleyville Heritage (29-7) will face the winner of the Coppell/Hurst L.D. Bell series.
Plano 2, South Grand Prairie 1: Plano scratched together two runs in the fourth on a single by Eric Gilstrap, a walk by Ryan Thomas and two South Grand Prairie errors, sweeping the three-game series in the Region I area round.
Dwaine Echols drove in Tyler Edwards with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fourth for South Grand Prairie, but the following batter — second baseman Jonathan Reyes — ended the inning with a 1-2-3 double play.
Plano starter Ryan McCarthy got the win, pitching six innings and allowing two runs and five hits, striking out four.
Plano will face Southlake Carroll in the Region I quarterfinals.
Southlake Carroll 5, Mansfield Legacy 1: Clemson signee Kyle Bailey held Mansfield Legacy to five hits, striking out eight in a two-game sweep in the Region I area round. Southlake Carroll catcher Patrick Quintanilla, a Missouri signee, hit a two-run home run in the first inning, and Bailey — who also went 3 for 4 — preserved the lead.
Rowlett 9, Mesquite 1: Justin Garcia pitched a complete-game three-hitter, as Rowlett advanced in the Region II playoffs. Bre’ Kimbell hit his second home run of the series for Mesquite — Mesquite’s only two runs of the series — but he alone couldn’t counter the Rowlett attack. Baylor signee Logan Brown hit a home run, and Connor Fikes got three hits for Rowlett.
Hillcrest 13, Carrollton Creekview 8: Hillcrest forced the deciding third game in the Region II area round series, scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth for the come-from-behind win.
Mesquite Poteet 10, Whitehouse 2: Blake Griffin pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts, as Poteet swept the Region II area round series. Chad Young, a night after striking out 16 in a Game One win, went 3 for 3 for Poteet.
Frisco Wakeland 10, Bryan Adams 0: Hayden Nixon struck out 13 of the 15 batters he faced, pitching a five-inning no-hitter in the opener of a Region II three-game area round series. Only Bryan Adams' Mason Buhrkuhl reached, on catcher's interference in the second inning. Hunter Kunkle was the only Bryan Adams hitter to put the ball in play, popping out to center field in the first and grounding out to Nixon in the fourth.
Eric Swann hit a three-run home run and Joey Swanner went 3 for 3 with 3 RBI for Wakeland, with a solo home run and two RBI singles.