Written by Corbett Smith
Mansfield Legacy puts J.V. player on the mound, wins pitchers duel in Game 3 over Red Oak
MIDLOTHIAN – Kade Strowd hadn’t pitched a varsity game in two months, getting a few starts for Mansfield Legacy in tournaments prior to the start of district play.
Called up from J.V. at the end of the regular season, the sophomore made quite the impression in his first big start.
In the deciding game of the a threegame series against district rival Red Oak, Strowd pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and picking up a win in a 1-0 victory in the Class 4A Region II quarterfinals.
“It’s the best thing in the world,” Strowd said.
Legacy (27-10) will face Prosper (28-10-1) in next week’s regional semifinals. Both Prosper and Legacy made the fourth round of the 4A playoffs in 2013.
Legacy scored its only run in the second inning. With one out, Dalton Dunn walked, and was moved around the basepaths with back-to-back doubles from No. 7 and 8 hitters Garrett Bell and Aaron Johns.
“Those two kids at the bottom have been doing that all series – and last series as well,” Legacy coach David Walden said. “I guess we need to move them up. Right now, they are really doing well.”
It was the only blemish for Jimmy Pogue, who pitched well for Red Oak (23-15), surrendering three hits in a 108pitch complete game.
Legacy’s Game 1 winner Cole Hearrean pitched the final two innings in relief of Strowd, picking up the save. Hearrean came into the game in the sixth with runners at first and second and no outs.
He got the next two batters to fly out, then scrambled to make a play off a ball that ricocheted off the elbow of his fielding arm.
“After it hit me, I was just looking around and found the ball – and I was glad it was close enough to where I could make the play,” Hearrean said. “I didn’t care where it hit me, just as long as I got the out.”