Southlake Carroll took advantage of a shaky start from Arlington Martin to claim a 5-0 victory in Game 1 of their Class 6A Region I Final series Thursday evening at Dallas Baptist University.
Senior right-hander Kole Ramage tossed a four-hit shutout for Carroll, striking out six.
The teams will reconvene at Dallas Baptist University Friday at 2 p.m. for Game 2. Game 3, if necessary, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“There was a lot of adrenaline in the first inning,” Ramage said. “I do tend to work fast. I like to keep up the pace of the game.”
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Ramage already had a lead when he took the mound.
After leadoff batter Jake Murphy was hit by a pitch in the top of the first, Ross Cadena brought him home with a single for a 1-0 Dragons lead. Carroll proceeded to load the bases before Martin starter Maddux Miller coaxed a foul pop out to limit the damage.
The Dragons (31-10) added a run in the third when Cadena was waved home from third on a balk.
Adam Stephenson’s double plated Nik Milsap an inning later to make it 3-0.
Martin (31-8) threatened in the bottom of the fourth with two on and one out, but Ramage worked out of the danger.
Carroll sealed it with a two-RBI single in the sixth from Wyatt Stapp, who was 3-for-4 on the night. The Dragons left 10 on base in the game.
“I think in certain spots we did what we needed to do,” Carroll coach Larry Vucan said. “We didn’t pick [some runs] up when we needed to, but Wyatt got the big hit up the middle that bounced off the mound that got us two and a little bit of cushion. But we’ve got to do a better job of getting those runs when we get the chance.”
Frisco Wakeland 6, Mansfield Legacy 4
For every punch Mansfield Legacy (26-11) threw, Frisco Wakeland (37-4) seemed to have a counter, as the Wolverines won Game 1 of their 5A Region II series at Dallas Baptist University late Thursday.
Legacy’s Nate Rombach homered in the top of the first inning to give the Broncos an early 2-0 lead.
Wakeland responded with a three-run Jared Martin blast in the bottom half of the inning to move in front 3-2.
Trailing 4-2 in the fifth, Legacy centerfielder Kendall Catalon roped a triple that scored Nathan Rooney and Bryson Collins to level the game at 4-4.
But again, the Wolverines had an answer in their half of the inning. Cooper Chandler’s single plated Collin McDuffee and J.T. Thompson to make it 6-4.
Legacy had the go-ahead run at the plate in the sixth with one out, but Bryan Meissner struck out both Rooney and Collins to end the threat.
The teams will meet again at Dallas Baptist University at 5 p.m. Friday for Game 2.