Colleyville Heritage handed rival Grapevine its first District 6-5A loss of the season in a 4-3 extra-innings thriller Tuesday to pull even atop the standings.
After the Panthers (15-9 overall, 8-1 6-5A) gifted the tying run with an error in the seventh, the Mustangs returned the favor by misplaying a fly ball in the ninth. Sophomore infielder Alex Alvarenga, who doubled to get on base, scored the game-winning run.
The victory also avenged a 10-1 loss to Grapevine (18-7, 8-1) on March 15.
A lot of times in sports things even out and I thought they did last night, Heritage coach Alan McDougal said. I definitely thought we played good enough to win. Grapevine is a good team and their record speaks to it. We were just hoping to give a little bit better showing then we did the first time around over there and that was definitely accomplished.
Tuesday night marked the second one-run district victory in as many games for the Panthers, who are 8-1 since dropping the game to Grapevine in March.
Heritage defeated Hurst L.D. Bell 3-2 on April 2 before traveling to Euless Trinity and winning a 9-5 Friday led by Oklahoma signee Cody Thomas. The senior third baseman who, as of Monday, led the area in several batting categories, including average (.500) and extra base hits (20), turned in a five-hit performance and belted his 10th homer of the season.
Were hoping the winning snowballs and the enthusiasm we had last night runs us through the rest of the way, McDougal said. We wanted really badly to get our destiny back in our own hands, and we have at least done that for the present time.
Saginaw Boswell scored 44 runs to win three District 6-4A games over a five-day stretch.
The Pioneers (19-7, 10-1) collected 10 hits in a 13-0 win over Fort Worth Carter-Riverside on Friday before ringing up nine extra base hits, including three triples and a homer, in a 20-3 rout of Fort Worth Dunbar on Saturday. Boswell banged out 12 hits and took advantage of five errors by Fort Worth North Side en route to a 11-1 victory Tuesday.
Since dropping a 2-1 thriller at 6-4A rival Birdville on March 22, the Pioneers have rattled off five consecutive wins by a combined margin of 81-7. Four of the five games only lasted five innings, ended by the 10-run rule.
Only Mansfield gave Boswell a test during the stretch in a 5-3 nondistrict victory, and even then the Pioneers didnt have to bat in the seventh.
Four area schools landed in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association top 10 rankings on April 4.
No. 5 Southlake Carroll (21-3 overall, 9-1 District 4-5A) has been a mainstay in the Class 5A poll this season and moved up one spot from the previous week after shutout wins over Haltom and Keller Central. Carrolls spot should be secure in Thursdays poll after beating Keller Timber Creek and then Richland on Tuesday.
No. 6 Cleburne (22-4, 9-0 8-4A) jumped four spots in the 4A poll and could continue its ascension after victories over Waco University, Waco and rival Joshua in the past week.
Kennedale (17-5, 6-1 6-3A), which won the 2011 Class 3A state title, jumped into the 3A poll at No. 10 and has since defeated Springtown and Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis.
No. 3 Brock (22-3, 8-0 9-2A ) moved up a spot in the 2A rankings and has won six straight after recent victories over Millsap, Melissa and Alvord.
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JohnsonJarret
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