GRAPEVINE — Zach Kornely tossed a shutout for Grapevine as the Mustangs defeated Mansfield 5-0 on Saturday to sweep their best-of-three Class 5A area-round playoff series.
Grapevine advances to the regional quarterfinals against the winner of the South Grand Prairie-Flower Mound Marcus series.
Kornely went the distance, allowing just two hits and striking out four against a dangerous Tigers lineup. He said he learned a lot from watching Friday night’s Game 1.
“Absolutely, our coaches did a great job on that,” Kornely said. “We learned from some mistakes made [Friday] night in pitch calling, and we did a great job today of keeping them off balance.”
Mansfield starter Lane Meyer was perfect through two innings, but the Mustangs got to him in the third using some effective small ball. Will Jenkins walked and then moved to second on Jacob Leal’s sacrifice bunt. Jenkins reached third on Antonio Lima’s single and scored on a bunt by Satchel Goodwin.
Lima scored on a Austin Ward’s fielder’s choice to give Grapevine a 2-0 lead. That’s all the Mustangs needed with Kornely on the mound.
“He’s been like that all year,” Grapevine coach Tim McCune said of Kornely. “We knew he was going to be good for us this year, but he has far exceeded any expectations. He’s been so consistent every time out.”
Mansfield’s best chance to get back in the game came in the fourth inning. Hunter Hargrove led off with a double and Tyler Green moved him to third on a sacrifice bunt. Clint Harris was intentionally walked to put runners at the corners, but Kornely struck out Ryan Brooks and got Conner Hall to line out.
Jenkins, Connor McGuire and David Fry also had RBIs as the Mustangs spread their offensive production throughout the order.
“It was a great team win,” Kornely said. “Great defense, great pitching, great timely hitting. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
McCune added: “That was a good ballclub that we just played, and we played well.
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