Written by Michael Florek
Baseball player of the week (05/19): Mansfield Legacy's Kade Strowd
Kade Strowd, Mansfield Legacy baseball
What he did: Called up from the junior varsity at the end of the regular season, Strowd made his first varsity appearance since early in the season when he started Game 3 of Mansfield Legacy’s Class 4A Region II quarterfinal series against Red Oak. He threw five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, as Legacy won, 1-0.
Who is he? A sophomore right-handed pitcher
The stats: Strowd pitched in four previous varsity games, but all those came in tournaments at the beginning of the season. Saturday was his first start. For the season, he’s pitched 13 innings for the varsity, allowing four runs (one earned).
He said it: “I was so terrified when I was in the bullpen warming up right before the game. After I got the first out of the game, I think I started to settle down. … I’m more of a just a couple innings, get ground balls [type of pitcher]. That’s exactly what I did, but I’ve probably never pitched as good as that.”
Coach said it: “[I was] very pleasantly surprised. I didn’t know how he was going to do. A 10th-grader in that situation, had never been there, how do you know what they’re going to do?” — David Walden
Did you know? Walden said he gave Strowd the start because of what he saw in the team’s intrasquad games during the week before the playoffs began. … Legacy plays Prosper in the regional semifinals.
7-for-9, 2 2Bs, 3B, 4 runs, 4 RBIs in three games
Tying RBI in Game 1 win; 6 IP, 8 Ks, Game 2 win
Five-hitter, 7 Ks to complete sweep of Hebron
Walk-off single in Game 2 to sweep Allen
6 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 9 strikeouts in win