Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Baseball roundup: Hurst L.D. Bell upsets area's top-ranked team
Hurst L.D. Bell raced to a big early lead and went on to beat Flower Mound, 10-4, eliminating the state’s seventh-ranked Class 5A team in the first round of the playoffs Saturday.
After winning the best-of-3 series two games to one against District 5-5A champion Flower Mound (31-5) — the No. 1 team in SportsDay’s final 5A area rankings — L.D. Bell (15-18-3) will face Waco Midway in the second round. L.D. Bell, the No. 4 seed from District 6-5A, scored five runs over the first two innings, then increased its lead to 8-1 with three runs in the fourth.
L.D. Bell’s Mason Peterson went 2-for-5 with a double, triple, four RBIs and two runs. Leadoff hitter Sydney Daley scored four runs for Bell, the No. 4 seed from District 6-5A.
In other bi-district games:
Colleyville Heritage 3, Coppell 2: An RBI single by Blake Knotts capped a three-run bottom of the fourth and lifted Colleyville Heritage to victory in the final game of a best-of-3 series.
Coppell was No. 5 in SportsDay’s final 5A area rankings, but it was District 6-5A runner-up Colleyville Heritage that advanced to play 7-5A champion Midlothian in the second round.
Plano 10, Lake Highlands 0: Jake Fraze threw a two-hit shutout and struck out nine as Plano won Game 3 in five innings. Plano, the No. 2 seed from District 10-5A, will play Longview in the second round.
Plano leadoff hitter Cody Farhat was 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. Ryan Robertson, who bats second, went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Allen 9, W.T. White 4: Camden Cooper was 3-for-4 with a home run as Allen won Game 3 and advanced to play 12-5A champion Rockwall-Heath. The top three hitters in Allen’s lineup — Kyler Murray, Cooper and Cole Carter — combined for six hits, six runs and four RBIs.
Arlington Martin 5, Keller 3: Daniel Lingua homered and drove in two runs, and Anthony Lyons also had two RBIs as the area’s second-ranked 5A team completed a two-game sweep. Turner Larkins struck out 11 for Martin (28-6-1).
Sachse 2-5, Tyler Lee 8-1: Kaleb Greaux and Eric Williams combined on a two-hitter as Sachse (21-9-1) won 5-1 in Game 3 after losing Game 2 earlier in the day.
Mansfield 9, Killeen Harker Heights 5: Mansfield won Game 3 and advanced to play 6-5A champion Grapevine.
Longview 12-12, Garland Naaman Forest 6-5: Longview won twice Saturday, and it scored nine runs in the fourth to rally from a 5-2 deficit and beat 11-5A champion Naaman Forest, 12-5, in Game 3.
Waco Midway 13, Cedar Hill 12: Cedar Hill had six extra-base hits, including two doubles and a home run by Chris Torrez, but Midway won Game 3.
McKinney North 16, Mount Pleasant 3: Anthony Herrera went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and pitched 41/3 scoreless innings of relief as the state’s eighth-ranked 4A team won Game 3. Gabe Constantine had four RBIs for McKinney North (26-2), the No. 1 team in SportsDay’s final 4A area rankings.
Frisco Liberty 4-4, Forney 3-3: JT Vangelder hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh as Liberty won, 4-3, in Game 3 and advanced to play North Dallas. The series-winning hit came after Justin Crider and Trey Johnson singled to start the inning.
Forney was one out away from losing in the top of the seventh before Kurt Ladner tied it 3-3 with an RBI single. Liberty won 4-3 in Game 2 as Brian Simpson hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.
Frisco Wakeland 11, Carrollton Creekview 2: Wakeland scored in every inning and wrapped up a two-game sweep. Dan Harrington was 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, four runs and two RBIs for Wakeland (20-12-1), and Grant Devore went 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
Bryan Adams 5, Kimball 0: Stanton Lohrengel homered as Bryan Adams won Game 3. Juan Cerda got the win.
Denton Guyer 6, Saginaw 3: Jud Kinzy needed 88 pitches for a complete game, and Chris Monroe homered as Guyer (16-18) finished a sweep.
HSAA Angels 9, Raleigh (N.C.) Warriors 8: In Auburndale, Fla., the HSAA Angels won their second national championship in three years.