Written by Corbett Smith
Chad Young shuts down Rockwall Heath to give Poteet series lead
DUNCANVILLE — Mesquite Poteet pitcher Chad Young once again came up big in the playoffs.
The lefty shut out a potent Rockwall-Heath lineup, scattering six hits, stranding six runners and striking out five, as Mesquite Poteet took Game 1 of a best-of-3 series, 2-0, in the Class 4A Region II final.
“My pitches weren’t working as good as they usually do,” Young said. “So, I had my defense out there, making a lot of plays on ground balls.”
Young (10-0) has allowed only two earned runs in 262/3 postseason innings. He worked out of a jam in the top of the seventh with two on and one out, getting a strikeout and fly out.
Poteet (31-6) had only two hits off of Heath starter Jovan Hernandez but scored twice in a crucial third inning.
Javier Soltero reached on a single, moving to third on an errant pick-off attempt and passed ball. Soltero scored on a wild pitch on a swinging strikeout by Arrington Alexander. Alexander reached third on a stolen base and a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly.
Heath (35-8-1) ended the third and fourth innings on base-running errors.
Hurst Bell 14, Lubbock Coronado 3: In Abilene, Hurst L.D. Bell is one win away from its first trip to the state tournament.
Bell (33-9) broke open a tight pitchers duel with six runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings of the opening game of the best-of-3 Class 5A Region I final series.
Trailing 1-0, Bell used five singles, two walks, a passed ball, a wild pitch, and an error to produce six runs in the fifth inning. Cullen Gassaway had a two-run single, and Taylor Empkey, Blake Scannell and A.J. Daley also drove in runs with base hits in the inning.
Bell added six runs in the sixth inning. The big blow was a two-out, three-run homer by Scannell, and Hunter Lockwood followed with a solo shot. Bell tacked on two unearned runs in the seventh inning.
Taylor Emkey had three hits, and Scannell, Lockwood, Gassaway and A.J. Daley two hits apiece to pace Bell’s 13-hit attack.
The late offensive explosion was more than enough for winning pitcher Daley, who scattered seven hits and struck out seven. Reid Glaze struck out the side in the seventh inning to close out the win.
Argyle 7, Texarkana Pleasant Grove 6: In McKinney, Trent Cantrell had two RBIs and joined Jay Gonzales with a double and three hits as Argyle held off defending state champion Texarkana Pleasant Grove's seventh-inning rally to take the opener of the Class 3A Region II final series.
Argyle (30-11-1) used a four-run fifth to take the lead for good, 7-4. Cantrell and Roy Phillips had run-scoring singles, and Storm Griffin added an RBI sacrifice fly.
Pleasant Grove (30-7) took a 4-3 lead via a three-run, four-hit fourth, but otherwise was held in check by Argyle freshman starter Drew Gooch (3-0), who got the complete-game win. Argyle turned an inning-ending double play to avoid more damage in the fourth, throwing out runners at second and then at home. Cantrell and Griffin had RBI singles in the first and second, as Argyle led 2-0 after two innings.
Kennedale 5, Brownwood 0: In Graham, Kennedale scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a tight game and defeated Brownwood in the Class 3A Region 1 final.
With the score 1-0, Jimmy Norris singled with one out. Cameron Massengill followed with a single. The runners advanced on a groundout and scored on an infield error. After Corey Taylor walked, Justin Braswell’s two-run double capped the scoring.
The game was a pitcher’s duel as Taylor and Brownwood pitcher Graylon Brown dominated.
Kennedale turned three double plays.
Kennedale went ahead, 1-0, with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Zach Holley scored from third after Kevin Marshall’s double. Holley singled and then advanced from first to third on a throwing error by Brown. Marshall doubled to deep center to score Holley.