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Baseball roundup: Four-run bottom of seventh leads Southlake Carroll over Midland
Kenny Hill hit a three-run home run to cap a four-run bottom of the seventh as Southlake Carroll rallied to beat Midland, 5-4, in Game 1 of a best-of-3 Class 5A Region I quarterfinal series Friday at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.
Carroll (31-4-1), ranked No. 16 in the nation by MaxPreps.com, trailed 4-0 going into the bottom of the sixth. A two-out RBI single by Hayden Zier got Carroll its first run, but it still trailed by three going into the final inning.
Ryan Weigel led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and scored on a double by Joe Heineman. Drew Brown followed with a walk, and after a strikeout for the first out of the inning, Hill won it with his homer.
TCU signee Tyler Alexander struck out 11 for Carroll.
In other regional quarterfinals:
Colleyville Heritage 7, Hurst L.D. Bell 6 (10): Colleyville Heritage scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th to rally for the Game 2 victory and avoid playoff elimination. Game 3 of the best-of-3 Region I series is scheduled for noon Saturday at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.
L.D. Bell, the No. 4 seed from District 6-5A, was three outs from sweeping the series. A two-out, two-run single by Eric Williams in the top of the 10th gave L.D. Bell a 6-4 lead.
But in the bottom of the 10th, Christian Gonzales led off with a home run to cut the lead to 6-5. A single by Corey Althouse, a walk to Blake Knotts and a single by Jason Adams loaded the bases with no outs. Althouse scored on a passed ball to tie the score, 6-6, then Knotts scored the winning run on a passed ball.
Cody Thomas, who is headed to Oklahoma for football and baseball, hit a pair of two-run home runs for Colleyville Heritage. The second of those tied the score, 4-4, in the fifth.
Plano West 1, Allen 0: Nick Christensen’s sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh drove in courtesy runner Eungjae Kim for the only run as Plano West beat its district rival in Game 1 of a best-of-3 Region II series. Nick Gripp pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out eight for Plano West (22-11-1), and Aaron Draper was 3-for-3.
Flower Mound Marcus 7, Grapevine 0: Nick Lewis threw a three-hit shutout and struck out seven as Marcus (32-6) completed a two-game sweep. Matthew Holcombe hit a three-run home run for Marcus.
Keller Fossil Ridge 11, Arlington Martin 1: Fossil Ridge scored 10 runs in the first inning to rout the state’s 10th-ranked 5A team and tie the best-of-3 Region I series at one win apiece. Game 3 will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dallas Baptist.
Oklahoma signee Sheldon Neuse pitched a scoreless inning and was 1-for-2 with three RBIs for Fossil Ridge (29-8-1). Kenniel Rivera pitched the other four innings, allowing four hits.
Frisco Centennial 5, Frisco Liberty 4: Centennial (25-11) came back from an early 3-0 deficit to draw even in the Region II series. The deciding third game will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.
Centennial’s comeback was sparked by sophomore shortstop Nolan Ritchie. He helped turn a rally-killing, bases-loaded double play in the third, scored Centennial’s first run and knocked in a run with a double to left field.
Liberty (29-4-2) put two runners on with no outs in the top of the seventh. A line drive off the bat of Jacob Colombo was snagged by second baseman Tanner Gardner, who stepped on second base to turn a potential rally into two outs. Centennial’s Remey Reed got a strikeout for the last out.
Centennial starting pitcher Jacob Atchley earned a no-decision and labored through 4 1/3 innings, throwing 50 pitches during the first two frames.
“That’s him. Even when his stuff isn’t working, he’s all guts,” Centennial coach Jason Wilson said.
Prosper 12, Frisco Wakeland 4: Lance Brooks and Zach Kubala each had two hits and three RBIs as Prosper evened the best-of-3 Region II series at one win apiece. Game 3 is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at McKinney Boyd.
TCU signee Brandon Gilson pitched a five-hitter for Prosper, the No. 4 seed from District 9-4A. Prosper got all the runs it would need with a five-run first inning.
Cleburne 5, Trophy Club Byron Nelson 1: Last season’s 4A state runner-up wrapped up a two-game sweep.
Melissa 12, Argyle 10: Camden Duzenak was a single shy of hitting for the cycle and drove in three runs, and Melissa (26-8-1) rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to even the series at one win apiece. Game 3 is set for noon Saturday at Frisco’s Smotherman Field.