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Baseball/softball replay: Plano West hands Plano first district loss
GAME OF THE DAY
The Plano West baseball team (5-2 in District 10-5A) piled up six runs in the first three innings and then held on for a 6-3 victory against Plano (6-1 in 10-5A), the No. 9 team in the 5A area rankings.
Senior Blake Bruce went 6 1/3 innings for the win, allowing three runs on three hits. Senior shortstop Aaron Draper, who has signed with Abilene Christian, was 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and also got the final two outs as pitcher.
Senior center fielder Billy McKinney got Plano West started with a two-run homer in the first inning. Plano scored all its run in the top of the second to tie the game at 3-3, but Plano West pushed a run across in the bottom of the second and added two in the third.
Big win for Hebron
The Hebron baseball team held off Lewisville, 2-0, in a key District 5-5A battle of teams on the playoff fringe. Travis Stone threw a complete game for Hebron (15-9, 4-5 in 5-5A), allowing seven hits and striking out five against Lewisville (3-6 in 5-5A). Hebron center fielder Michael Kister made a diving catch in the fourth inning that stopped two runs from scoring.
Two pitchers, no hits
McKinney North pitchers Gabe Constantine and Anthony Herrera combined on a no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over Sherman. Constantine struck out eight in five innings and Herrera struck out four in two innings, and Herrera and Preston Speers each had two hits for McKinney North (17-1, 7-1 in District 13-4A), the area’s top-ranked 4A team.
Marcus battles back
The Flower Mound Marcus softball team, No. 5 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association national rankings, trailed 5-1 before rallying to beat Denton Ryan, 6-5. Marcus (21-2-1, 4-2 District 5-5A), which had lost two in a row, won it by scoring four runs in the sixth.
The Molina softball team improved its record to 10-0 in District 11-4A with a 12-2 victory over Carter. Molina pounded out five extra-base hits in the victory. … Crandall pitcher Bailey Buchanan, a Stephen F. Austin signee, threw a no-hitter in a 15-0 victory over Wills Point. … W.T. White baseball pitcher Jake McKenzie pitched a complete-game two-hitter in a 6-0 win over Lake Highlands. … The Forney baseball team (15-6, 7-1) had 16 hits in a 11-0 victory over Mesquite Poteet that kept it alone atop District 10-4A.
Turner Larkins, Arlington Martin: Threw a one-hitter in an 11-0 victory over Weatherford that was shortened by the run rule. Larkins struck out nine and walked three for Martin (8-0 in District 3-5A, which is No. 2 in the 5A area rankings.
Seth Jordan, Flower Mound: Threw a complete game four-hitter as the top team in the 5A area rankings shut down No. 4 Flower Mound Marcus, 6-1. Jordan struck out 10 for Flower Mound (23-3, 9-0 in District 5-5A), which also got three hits and two RBIs from Tim Millard.
Tyler Alexander, Southlake Carroll: Struck out 15 and allowed only one hit in a 2-0 victory over Keller Timber Creek. Joe Heineman, Connor Combs and Drew Brown each had two hits for Carroll (20-3-1, 8-1), which remains at the top of District 4-5A.
Chelsea Thomas, McKinney: Struck out eight and only walked two in a 6-0 victory over Plano East. Thomas also hit two home runs, including a three-run shot that helped McKinney (7-14-3, 3-4 in District 10-5A) pull away from Plano East (15-11, 5-2), which started the day alone at the top of the district.
Sydney Springfield, Flower Mound: Hit a game-winning RBI double with one out in the bottom of the seventh to give Flower Mound an 8-7 win over Lewisville in a matchup of two of the area’s top 5A teams. District 5-5A leader Flower Mound (17-8-1, 5-1 in District 5-5A), No. 4 in the 5A area rankings, trailed 7-2 before scoring four runs in the fifth and two in the seventh to beat No. 3 Lewisville (18-7, 3-2).
Taylor Penn, Forney: The Louisiana Tech signee was 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Forney, No. 17 in the 4A state rankings, beat No. 20 Mesquite Poteet, 4-2. The win kept Forney (17-6, 9-0) alone in first place in District 10-4A.
4: Total runs allowed by the Richland softball team in its last five games. Richland, No. 11 in the 5A state rankings, beat Southlake Carroll, 3-1, on Friday to improve to 24-4 overall and 10-0 in District 4-5A.
3:– Complete-game shutouts in four district starts for Grapevine pitcher Cooper Hess, who held Hurst L.D. Bell to two hits in a 1-0 victory. Hess allowed only one run in his other district start for Grapevine (18-6-1, 8-0 in District 6-5A), which is No. 5 in the area 5A rankings.
16: Runs by Ennis (23-4, 10-0 in District 15-4A) in a 16-0 shutout of Mansfield Lake Ridge. Ennis, the area’s top-ranked 4A team, got triples from Julia Hollingsworth and Rylie Robertson.