MANSFIELD — Grapevine scored three runs in the first inning and held on for a 5-3 victory Friday against Mansfield in Game 1 of their best-of-three Class 5A area-round series.
The Mustangs were outhit 11-4, and Mansfield starter Ryan Brooks didn’t allow a hit over the final three innings but was saddled with the loss.
Cooper Hess earned the victory for Grapevine, striking out six before giving way to Connor McGuire for the save.
After Brooks issued consecutive walks to Austin Ward and McGuire in the first, designated hitter Zach Kornely hit an RBI single to open the scoring. Later in the inning, David Fry singled to drive in two runs to give Grapevine an early 3-0 lead.
The Tigers cut into the Grapevine lead in the bottom of the second. After Connor Hall singled and moved to second on a Reid Petty sacrifice bunt, Lane Meyer drove a pitch to the wall in left-center to drive in Hall and make it 3-1. Hess worked out of the inning with back-to-back strikeouts.
The Mustangs got the run back in the third. McGuire singled to lead off, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. He scored on a Grant McClelland groundout.
Grapevine extended the lead to 5-1 in the fourth when Jacob Leal scored on Satchel Goodwin’s fielder’s choice.
Clint Harris changed the complexion of the game in the Tigers’ half of the fifth with his third home run of the year, a two-run blast over the left-center-field wall that scored Josh Timms. Harris, who entered the game batting .482, went 3 for 4 and was a triple short of the cycle.
Mansfield looked dangerous again in the sixth. Timms hit a two-out single, and Hunter Hargrove followed with a base hit to put runners at the corners. McGuire came on in relief for the Mustangs and got Tyler Greer to line out to right to end the threat. McGuire then retired all three batters he faced in the seventh to preserve the victory.
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