Cole Hearrean didn’t have his best heat on Thursday night, but he didn’t need it. What he did have was location, location, location.
The senior lefty crafted a two-hit shutout to lead Mansfield Legacy to a 2-0 victory over Prosper in Game 1 of a best-of-three Class 4A Region II semifinal baseball series at Dallas Baptist University.
The teams meet for Game 2 at Dallas Baptist at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with a third game at DBU at 4 p.m. Saturday if necessary. Legacy upped its record to 28-10 while Prosper is 28-11-1.
Hearrean (11-1) struck out 11 and gave up only two infield singles in a dominating performance.
“The kid pitched a heck of a game,” Legacy coach David Walden said. “His breaking pitch was good but they started sitting on it. Then he was able to bust them with his fastball.”
Hearrean struck out six of the first seven Prosper batters. In five of his innings, he retired the side in order. For the game he faced just three over the minimum. In addition to the two hits allowed, Hearrean walked one batter and hit another, but he picked one Prosper runner off first.
“I didn’t have my [best] velocity,” Hearrean said. “But I was able to throw all of my pitchers wherever I wanted.”
Third baseman Dalton Dunn was the hitting star for Legacy, driving in both runs.
The Broncos scored one run in the bottom of the second. With one out, Sam Mahofski singled to right. Dunn followed with a booming double into the left-center gap, scoring Mahofski. Dunn was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
Legacy scored again in the sixth. Hearrean led off with a single. Pinch runner Seth Jaggers moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mahofski, then scored on a single by Dunn.
“Dalton Dunn’s hit were just huge,” said Walden. “That’s about three games in a row he’s come through for us.”