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Forney sweeps Frisco Wakeland behind bat and glove of Taylor LeFlore
FORNEY — Taylor LeFlore contributed key plays with her bat and glove in the sixth inning to help Forney defeat Frisco Wakeland, 9-5, on Saturday and complete a sweep of the Class 4A best-of-3 bi-district softball series.
Forney (24-7-0), No. 3 in SportsDay’s area rankings and No. 23 in the state, defeated Wakeland 12-6 in Game 1 on Friday. The Jackrabbits advance to the area round to meet the winner of Monday’s Bryan Adams-Pinkston bi-district playoff.
LeFlore, a senior first baseman, made a headlong dive to catch Emily Acuna’s soft liner midway between the plate and first base leading off the sixth. The play looked much bigger when Wakeland went on to score three runs in the frame to trim Forney’s lead to 6-5 and left two on base.
In the bottom of the sixth, LeFlore’s two-out single provided an insurance run and her fourth RBI of the game.
“In a situation like that at the plate, I concentrate on digging deep and scoring that run for my team,” LeFlore said. “On the catch, it was one of those plays where the ball was hit between everybody. I had the best shot, and I barely got it.”
Krista Williams capped the Forney sixth with a two-run double to finally put away pesky Wakeland (14-17-1).
Forney stole seven bases, three by leadoff batter Micah Fitzgerald, who had three hits and scored three runs.
“The wind was blowing in the face of the catcher, making the throw to second a little harder,” Forney coach Eric Montgomery said.
Five of the steals led to runs.
Forney built a 4-0 lead after three innings and winning pitcher Allie Miller took a no-hitter into the fourth. A two-run single by Wakeland’s AJ Carpenter in the fourth made it 4-2.
Down 6-2 in the sixth against reliever Allison Brown, Wakeland strung together four hits, including an RBI single by Meredith Owen and a two-run single by Ashley McDonald, one of only two seniors on the Wakeland roster.
“We’re a young team, and I’m extremely proud of the way these girls came out and played against one of the top hitting teams around,” Wakeland coach Chris Southard said.