Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Whitehouse lives up to expectations, sweeps Frisco Liberty
TYLER — Whitehouse lived up to expectations by advancing to the Class 4A baseball state tournament, but Frisco Liberty accomplished an identity of its own after reaching the Region II final.
Whitehouse defeated Liberty, 6-1, on Friday before 1,834 at Mike Carter stadium to sweep a best-of-three series.
For 6-year-old Liberty, its first-ever playoff run included series wins against several of the area’s most established programs.
“I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me if we’re Argyle Liberty [Christian],” Liberty coach Scott McGarrh said. “People will recognize Frisco Liberty a little bit. We’ll reflect on all the great things that happened this season. It’s not by luck you’re here. A lot of good teams aren’t.”
Whitehouse (31-8) is 10-0 in the playoffs, with its first berth to the state tournament.
Junior pitcher Ryan Cheatham wasn’t quite as dominating as junior right-hander Pat Mahomes in a 6-0 victory in Game 1, but the hard-throwing Cheatham allowed just five hits in five innings. Hard-throwing righty Michael Nuon got the final three outs in the top of the seventh as Mahomes fired a rocket of relay throw from shortstop to first to complete a game-ending double play.
Liberty (26-12-2) finished third in District 9-4A but won its first playoff berth, its first playoff game and first series in advancing past Forney, Frisco Centennial and Mansfield Legacy.
Whitehouse, trying to avoid an early morning graduation ceremony on Saturday if a Game 3 was needed in the afternoon, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. A bad-hop double went right over Liberty shortstop Clay Crews, who was facing directly into a setting sun.
Whitehouse needed a wrap-around slide to score on a strong throw to home by right fielder Brian Simpson on a sacrifice fly, but starter Robby Evans was able to otherwise get out of a bases-loaded, no-out start.
Whitehouse scored three runs in the bottom of the second when four two-out walks set up a 4-0 lead.