Written by Matt Wixon
Frisco Liberty baseball survives home run scare, squeaks out victory over Frisco to advance
PROSPER — When the ball sailed off the bat of Frisco’s Andrew Miller on Saturday afternoon, Frisco Liberty pitcher Michael Cantrell held his breath.
“Especially when the fielder started looking up at the wall,” Cantrell said.
Fortunately for Liberty, the fly ball hit halfway up the “Green Monster” fence in left field instead of clearing it for a game-tying homer. Cantrell was then able to get a strikeout to clinch Liberty’s 5-4 victory over Frisco in the deciding Game 3 of the Class 4A Region II quarterfinal series.
Liberty (31-8) will next face Hallsville at sites and times to be determined.
Cantrell allowed 11 hits in pitching the complete game, but he always found a way — with the help of his defense — to limit the damage.
“He just battled and competed,” Liberty coach Scott McGarrh said. “It’s a good feeling to know he’s the guy who starts Game 3 for us.”
Frisco (23-15) got single runs in each of the first three innings as Liberty struggled against pitcher Brennen Fischer. Typically a reliever, Fischer got the start and didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning, when Liberty cut the lead to 3-1.
Liberty finally got its big inning in the fifth, when it scored four runs on three hits, a walk and an error. Brian Simpson’s RBI double tied the score at 3-3, and after Fischer left the game, Judd Presley doubled down the left-field line to knock in two runs.
Frisco’s two-out rally in the seventh started with a walk to P.J. Harris, who scored on Miller’s high-fly ball, which hit the fence in the short left field at Prosper’s stadium. Cantrell ended the game with his third strikeout.