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Softball playoff roundup: Plano tops Mansfield Legacy in Game 3
Wildcat hitters frustrate Legacy’s Game 1 winner to win rematch, 10-6
GRAPEVINE — Mansfield Legacy’s Kendall Potts was at a loss to explain how she had thrown 106 pitches through three innings Saturday.
Potts had worked the corners of the plate and dominated with location in a Game 1 win Thursday. But the sophomore who has committed to Baylor couldn’t duplicate that performance as Plano beat Legacy, 10-6, in Game 3 of a best-of-3 Class 5A second-round playoff series.
“It’s not like I pitched badly,” an emotional Potts said afterward. “It’s just frustrating as a pitcher to go through that. We have to adjust in that kind of situation, but I just couldn’t find the consistent spots the umpire was calling.”
Plano all-state pitcher Kat Batey threw 93 pitches in seven innings to beat the state’s fourth-ranked 5A team and pick up her 26th win of the season. Plano (29-5), ranked eighth in the state and No. 15 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association national rankings, will face District 8-5A rival Hebron in a 5A Region I quarterfinal. Plano beat Hebron twice in district play this season.
Plano went to work right away, scoring three runs in the first inning. But Legacy (27-6) came right back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. It took 43 minutes to play the first inning, then nine minutes to play the second.
Plano loaded the bases in the third on a walk and two singles before another walk scored a run. Kristen Miles then ripped a bases-loaded, two-out single to center that scored MacKenzie Velasquez and courtesy runner Tanner Davis.
That opened up a 6-3 lead for Plano. After a passed ball plated another run, Miles scored on a single to left by Jill Holub to cap a five-run rally.
Legacy broke through in the sixth. Taylor Watts scored on Daniella Romero’s one-out hit, then Canyon Samuel hammered a first-pitch fastball over the left-center wall for a two-run home run to make it 9-6.
But in the seventh, Miles fouled off four pitches with a 1-2 count before ripping a double to left field. She scored on Holub’s single to add an insurance run.
In other area-round games:
Hebron 2, Hurst L.D. Bell 1: Hebron managed only one hit, but the pitching of Baylor signee Heather Stearns helped the fourth-place team from District 8-5A complete a two-game sweep.
Stearns allowed only two hits and one run while striking out 13 as Hebron (25-10-1) advanced to play Plano in the regional quarterfinals. It will be a rematch of last season’s regional quarterfinal series that Plano won, two games to one.
Hebron scored its runs in the top of the second, as Kylie Johnson drew a bases-loaded walk and Amanda Sloper drove in a run with a fielder’s choice. L.D. Bell scored on an error in the fourth to make it 2-1.
Deja Talton had Hebron’s only hit against Amanda Windham, a third-inning single. Talton also scored Hebron’s first run.
McKinney Boyd 7, Mesquite 3: Freshman pitcher Erin Riding held Mesquite scoreless for the final six innings as McKinney Boyd won Game 3 of a best-of-3 series and advanced to face Temple in the 5A Region II quarterfinals.
A two-run home run by pitcher Victoria Bice in the bottom of the first helped Mesquite take a 3-2 lead. But it didn’t last long.
Boyd grabbed the lead for good by scoring three times in the top of the second with the help of an RBI double by Mo McDonald and an RBI single by McKenna Henry. A two-run single by Delaney Neal in the third made it 7-3.
North Forney 8, Carthage 1: UT-Arlington signee Shelby Hedrick pitched a one-hitter, and Peyton Hedrick and Taylor Sieber both doubled and tripled as North Forney swept Carthage.