Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Baseball roundup: W.T. White, Jesuit win to earn share of district championships
With a 31st consecutive playoff berth secure, W.T. White got three RBIs from Corbin Shoquist and a six-hitter from junior Jake McKenzie to earn a share of the District 9-5A baseball title with a 9-2 win over Lake Highlands on Friday.
W.T. White (22-10, 11-3) will play district co-champion Jesuit at noon Saturday at Lewisville to determine the No. 1 seed from 9-5A in the playoffs. Lake Highlands (21-9, 10-4) could have claimed a share of the district title with a win but will get the No. 3 seed.
Venerable W.T. White coach David Shepherd has guided the entire 31-year playoff streak, with the last district title coming in 2009. Typical of the North Dallas neighborhood program, McKenzie is following two older brothers who played at White.
“We got off to a slow start. We were 2-3 in district and had a meeting and talked about not being the one that stopped [the playoff streak],” McKenzie said. “We’ve won 10 in a row, the last nine in district.”
Included in the 9-0 district run was a 4-3 victory over Jesuit, which was White’s first over its down-the-street rival since being put in the same district three years ago. Also in the streak was a 4-3 extra-inning victory over Richardson, after McKenzie tied the score with a homer in the bottom of the seventh.
A two-run double by Shoquist gave White a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third. In the bottom of the fourth, White took a 9-0 lead with RBI singles from Juan Rivera and Shoquist before Sam Murchison hit a three-run double.
Jesuit 5, Richardson 1: Sophomore Grant Reuben hit a pair of home runs as Jesuit earned a share of the District 9-5A championship, along with W.T. White. It is Jesuit’s fourth consecutive title.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, Reuben homered to drive in Max Ready, who earlier hit the first of his two doubles. Reuben also hit a solo homer in the fifth. Nick Campagna pitched a complete game.
Garland Naaman Forest 2, Sachse 0: Naaman Forest’s Matt Herrick and Sachse’s Kyle Weatherly faced off in a pitchers duel to help decide the District 11-5A title. And the two aces were on their game, needing only 90 minutes for Naaman Forest to emerge with a win that gave it the outright district championship.
Herrick surrendered four hits and struck out five. He helped his cause by drawing a walk, which led to the first run for Naaman Forest (19-11-1, 11-1). Herrick needed 73 pitches for the win, and only twice did Sachse (19-8-1, 9-3) put a runner on second base.
Highland Park 8, Terrell 0: Oklahoma State signee Matt Wilson and Nick Conner combined on a four-hitter as Highland Park earned a share of the 10-4A title. Highland Park and Forney finished 12-2 in district, but Highland Park won a coin flip and will be the district’s top seed.
Forney 3, Carrollton Newman Smith 2: Trey Bedrick hit a three-run home run in the sixth, and Cody Tyler struck out six for Forney.
Grapevine 2, Irving Nimitz 0: Zach Kornely threw a two-hit shutout as Grapevine won the District 6-5A title.
Plano 7, Allen 0: Ryan Thomas hit two home runs, had four RBIs and pitched a four-hit shutout to put Plano in a game Saturday that will determine the No. 1 seed from 10-5A. Plano will play Plano West at 4 p.m. at McKinney Boyd.
McKinney North 1, Denison 0: Gabe Constantine improved to 8-1, and Anthony Herrera got his 10th save as McKinney North won the 13-4A title.
Frisco Centennial 6, Frisco Heritage 2: Jason Morrison got the win to help Centennial wrap up the 9-4A championship.