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Baseball/softball replay: Frisco Centennial rallies to beat Wakeland
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Frisco Centennial rallies to beat Wakeland
FRISCO - Frisco Centennial rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh for a 5-3 victory over Frisco Wakeland on Friday night. The win gave Centennial the lead in District 9-4A with three games remaining.
Centennial second baseman Tanner Gardner and right fielder Kaleb Warden had RBI-singles after pinch-hitter Brad Bleggi led off the top of the seventh with a single.
Ranked No. 7 in the SportsDay Class 4A area poll, Centennial (16-9, 9-2) had only two hits before it put together three hits and a walk, took advantage of a defensive mental error and a close slide around a tag at home to rally for its second win over Wakeland.
“(Wakeland) has owned the district the last few years,” Centennial coach Jason Wilson said. “So it’s good to get both (district) wins over them. It’s big for our confidence and big for our program.”
No. 9 Wakeland (16-10-1, 8-3) got a strong start from senior Clay Foster (6-1,) who threw 118 pitches before leaving with one out and the eventual tying and winning runs on base.
Trailing by a run in the top of the seventh, Bleggi sliced a single to left. After a walk to Cody Bagwell with one out, Gardner drove in the tying run with a single up the middle. Warden sliced a single to left and the throw to the catcher beat the runner to the plate but the umpire ruled the runner slid around the tag. Centennial added a third run on a fielder’s choice.
“We’ve been winning late all year,” Wilson said. “That’s an experienced team with some confidence. We just have to play better not to have it come down to that.”
Reliever Remey Reed worked through a precarious bottom of the seventh with an error and a wild pitch, but held Wakeland without a run or hit.
Wakeland took a 2-0 in the bottom of the first as New Mexico signee Jacob Atchley walked two and hit a batter to load the bases. Wakeland scored on a wild pitch and a line-drive sacrifice fly to right by sophomore first baseman Johnny Gonzales. Wakeland only got one hit off Atchley before he departed after 4.1 innings with four strikeouts, two walks and two hit batters.
Centennial was opportunistic in tying the score 2-2. Centennial’s tying run came on a two-base error on an infield popup and its first run as senior first baseman Mario Micketti sliced a single to left to score Gardner, who led off with a walk and moved to second on a hit batsman.
Key hit batter
Corbin Shoquist was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, driving in the winning run as the W.T. White baseball team posted a 4-3 win over District 9-5A co-leader Jesuit. Juan Rivera had two RBIs, and Jake McKenzie pitched a five-hitter as W.T. White (17-10, 7-3) moved to within one game of first. Jesuit (20-6-1, 8-2) is tied with Richardson Pearce for first.
New name for field
Samuell will rename its baseball field after former coach Pete Lawless, who led the school to the Class 4A state championship in 1965. There will be a ceremony at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Samuell before the baseball team plays Woodrow Wilson.
Megan Durante and Carley Rains homered to lead the Denton Ryan to a 12-3 win over Lewisville, the state’s 17th-ranked 5A softball team. … Frisco beat Frisco Liberty, 4-3, in baseball, knocking Liberty out of a tie for first in 9-4A. … Kyle Vochoska threw a six-hitter, and the Denton Guyer baseball team scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to beat Lake Dallas, 2-1. Guyer is tied with Wichita Falls Rider for first in 5-4A. … The Flower Mound baseball team, ranked eighth in the state in 5A, beat Lewisville, 3-1, and improved to 11-0 in 5-5A.
Jake Wymer, Keller Fossil Ridge: Hit two home runs and doubled as the area’s sixth-ranked 5A team beat Keller Central, 6-0.
Jordan Wekewa, Garland Naaman Forest: Went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs to lead District 11-5A leader Naaman Forest (16-10-1, 8-1) over Garland Lakeview, 16-3.
Julian Pope, McKinney North: Allowed one hit and struck out 12 in 61/3 scoreless innings as McKinney North (20-1, 10-1 District 13-4A), the No. 1 team in SportsDay’s 4A area rankings, beat Wylie, 9-0.
Grant McClelland, Grapevine: Was 2-for-3 with four RBIs as the area’s seventh-ranked 5A team beat Irving, 9-1, and remained tied with Colleyville Heritage for first place in District 6-5A.
Javier Equia, Forney: Pitched a five-hit shutout as the area’s fifth-ranked 4A team beat Terrell, 1-0. Forney maintained a one-game lead over Highland Park in District 10-4A, and Forney will host Highland Park at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Haley Freyman, Richland: Threw a no-hitter and was 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the state’s 10th-ranked 5A team beat Keller Central, 6-0. Richland (26-4, 12-0) leads District 4-5A by two games over Keller with two games left.
Ashley Dumoulin, Trophy Club Byron Nelson: The Rhode Island-signee pitched a five-hitter as the state’s 21st-ranked 4A team beat No. 13 Fort Worth Brewer, 2-1. Byron Nelson (22-8, 9-3), Brewer and Wichita Falls Rider are tied for first in 5-4A.
Annelise Oswalt, Flower Mound: Was the winning pitcher, struck out eight and was 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs as the state’s eighth-ranked 5A team beat Hebron, 12-2. Flower Mound leads 5-5A by one game over Flower Mound Marcus.
Erin Riding, McKinney Boyd: Threw a three-hit shutout and struck out 11 in a 10-0 win over Plano East. Jill Nicklas and McKenna Henry homered to help Boyd move into a tie with Plano East and Plano West for first place in 10-5A with one game left. Plano West beat Plano, 4-3.
11: Strikeouts for Hillcrest softball pitcher Audrey Martinez in four innings in a 13-0 win over Lincoln. Hillcrest improved to 11-1 in District 12-4A.
15: Strikeouts for Birdville pitcher Susan Welborn, a Texas Tech softball signee, as she threw a one-hitter in a 7-0 win over Chisholm Trail.
2: Home runs hit by Waxahachie softball player Miranda Herron in an 18-8 win vs. Arlington Seguin. There were five homers in the game, four by Waxahachie.