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Baseball roundup: Forney overcomes five-run deficit to beat Frisco Liberty in bi-district playoff opener
FORNEY — Forney overcame a five-run deficit with help from a four-run sixth-inning rally, sparking an 8-5 victory over Frisco Liberty in Game 1 of a best-of-3 Class 4A first-round playoff series.
Senior center fielder Cody Tyler laced a bases-loaded triple to right-center to give Forney a 7-5 lead with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Trey Bedrick hit a double down the left-field line to score Tyler, a Wichita State signee who’ll probably start Game 2 at noon Saturday at Liberty.
Forney junior pitcher Javier Eguia overcame a five-run first inning and allowed only one hit the final six innings for a complete-game victory. The right-handed Eguia retired 13 of 14 batters from the second through fifth innings.
Making a sixth consecutive playoff appearance, Forney (21-8) used 12 walks, three errors and four hits — three for extra bases.
Six-year-old Liberty (18-9-2), making its first playoff appearance, took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first with six hard hits. JT Vangelder led off with a triple and scored on a single by Clay Crews. Hayden Parker added an RBI triple, and Liberty led 2-0 in fewer than 15 pitches. Brian Simpson, Jacob Colombo and Justin Crider added RBI singles for a five-run lead.
Forney rallied within 5-4 in the bottom of the second, its only hit a bases-loaded double by Chase Schlebach. Forney had eight walks but had a pair of runners picked off base to stifle a bigger rally.
In other bi-district games:
Southlake Carroll 5, Arlington Lamar 0: TCU signee Tyler Alexander pitched a one-hit shutout and struck out 16 as Southlake Carroll (28-4-1) completed a two-game sweep.
Kenny Hill went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs for a Carroll team ranked No. 24 in the nation by MaxPreps.com, and Nic Motley also homered. Carroll outscored Lamar 15-0 in the series.
McKinney 9, Jesuit 7: An error allowed two runs to score during a four-run top of the 10th as McKinney swept District 9-5A top seed Jesuit. Dalton Harris scored the go-ahead run after he started the rally with a leadoff double.
Jesuit did not go down easy. It scored twice and had the tying run at second when the game finally ended after 3 hours, 25 minutes.
Hurst L.D. Bell 5, Flower Mound 3: Sydney Daley doubled and homered as L.D. Bell beat the state’s seventh-ranked 5A team to tie the best-of-3 series at one win apiece. Game 3 is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.
Allen 10, W.T. White 2: Phillip Ingram went 3-for-4 and scored two runs as Allen tied the best-of-3 series at one win apiece. Game 3 is scheduled for noon Saturday at The Colony.
Cory Scheibner pitched a four-hitter and struck out seven for Allen (19-10-2), and Pierce Edwards was 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs. It was scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Allen scored six runs.
Plano West 4, Richardson Berkner 1: Preston Betz allowed just one run, and TCU signee Billy McKinney was 2-for-3 and scored two runs as Plano West (19-11-1) swept Berkner.
Garland Naaman Forest 10, Longview 4: Matt Herrick pitched a four-hitter, struck out nine and went 2-for-4 for Naaman Forest in Game 1.
Flower Mound Marcus 3, Irving Nimitz 1: Nick Lewis threw a three-hitter and struck out eight, and Marcus scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to sweep Nimitz.
Rockwall-Heath 10, Garland Lakeview 0: Heath swept the series, outscoring Lakeview 27-0 in the process.
Lake Highlands 2, Plano 1: Hudson Taylor pitched a three-hitter and struck out 11 as Lake Highlands won to tie the series at one win apiece.
Ryan Thomas gave up three hits and struck out 12 for Plano. Lake Highlands scored twice in the fourth, then hung on.
Grapevine 4, Hebron 2: Grapevine scored three runs in the top of the seventh to complete a series sweep.
Arlington Martin 7, Keller 6: Martin won Game 1 with a run in the top of the eighth after Keller had tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Martin had four extra-base hits, including a home run by Anthony Lyons.
Keller Fossil Ridge 14, Arlington Bowie 0: Kenniel Rivera tripled and homered, and Austin Ingraham doubled and tripled as Fossil Ridge swept Bowie.
Highland Park 4, Prosper 0: Oklahoma State signee Matt Wilson pitched a two-hit shutout as Highland Park won Game 1.
Frisco Wakeland 7, Carrollton Creekview 0: Austin Gehle and Cameron Yates combined on a one-hit shutout for Wakeland in Game 1. Gehle also went 3-for-3.