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Arlington Heights softball continues historic run; Timber Creek, Joshua baseball win

Bailey Wagner home run

Brock's Bailey Wagner was a triple shy of the cycle. She hit a 3-run HR and the Eagles routed Alpine 22-8 to advance to third straight regional final. Video credit: Heath Wagner
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Brock's Bailey Wagner was a triple shy of the cycle. She hit a 3-run HR and the Eagles routed Alpine 22-8 to advance to third straight regional final. Video credit: Heath Wagner

SOFTBALL

FW Arlington Heights 4, Canyon 3

The Yellow Jackets scored three times in the top of the sixth to knock off the No. 1 team in Class 5A at Henrietta and advance to the Region I final.

Canyon (28-6) broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run from Courtney Williams.

Arlington Heights (35-2-1) got a leadoff single by Emily Andress in the sixth. Ashleigh Sgambelluri walked and scored on an error.

Jourdan Jacobs, who hit the walk-off double in Game 1, scored on a single from Savannah Volmert to give Heights a 4-2 lead.

Mak Moore hit a two-out triple in the seventh and scored on a single from Williams, but Candain Callahan, who homered in Friday’s game, flew out to right to clinch the series for the Yellow Jackets.

It’s the first regional final for Heights, and best playoff run for a Fort Worth ISD school since Paschal went to state in 2004.

Brock 22, Alpine 8

Bailey Wagner was a triple shy of the cycle and had five RBIs as the Eagles dominated Game 2 to complete the sweep of their 3A Region I semifinal series at Stanton.

Brock (31-5), which won 10-0 in Game 1, scored seven times in the first inning and 14 times in the fifth, and recorded 23 hits.

Wagner doubled in a run during the first inning. Landry Felts and Kelsi Tonips added back-to-back RBI singles for a 3-0 lead. Payton Gasca cleared the bases with a double to center field and Jessica Leek walked in a run.

Alpine (26-13) hit home runs in the second and third innings to get within 7-5.

Tonips singled in Leek in the fourth before Alpine hit a two-run home run to bring it to a one-score game.

Wagner’s RBI single in the fifth made it 9-7 and Brock got three-straight RBI singles from Tonips, Kacie Gilreath and Lauren Kizer.

Gasca added a two-run double to extend the lead to 15-7 and Leek singled in a run to make it a 10-run game.

Two batters later, Wagner blasted a three-run home run to deep center. Tonips tripled in a run and finished 4 for 5 with four RBIs. Gasca went 3 for 5 with five RBIs.

It’s Brock third straight trip to the regional final and fourth in six years.

BASEBALL

Keller Timber Creek 8, Odessa 5

Rhett Halstead recorded two RBI singles and the Falcons scored four times in the third off two Odessa errors to win Game 3 and clinch their 6A Region I quarterfinal series at McMurry University.

The Falcons (29-9) advance to the regional semifinals for the first time to take on Southlake Carroll (29-6).

Zackary Gregory scored on a fielder’s choice in the first, but Odessa took a 2-1 lead on an error and RBI groundout.

Timber Creek tied it at 2-2 in the second with Halstead’s first RBI single. Drew Pollum had an RBI single in the fourth to make it 7-2.

Odessa (26-11) had the bases loaded and the winning run at the plate with two outs in the seventh, but TCU signee Mateo Gil induced a pop fly to short to earn the save.

Jacob Keller picked up the win, allowing one earned run on one hit in five innings.

Joshua 10, Midlothian 4

Andrew Bell's two-run home run in the second sparked the Owls in Game 3 and clinched their 5A Region II quarterfinal series at Brewer. The Owls (21-11) play Forney (24-10-1) in the semifinals.

Carson Gurley added an RBI single in the second that gave Joshua a 4-1 lead. Matt Haley drove in two in the third.

Matthew Coleman hit a three-run inside the park home run in the fifth to pull Midlothian (21-11) within 6-4.

Joshua recorded three consecutive RBIs in the sixth by Jesse Bolt, Evan Nichols and Bell. Bolt added an RBI double in the seventh.

The Panthers won 7-1 in Game 2 on Saturday to even the series. Jonathan Little's solo homer in the top of the seventh tied it at 1-1 and forced extra innings where Midlothian scored six times in the eighth.

Keller 10, EP Franklin 1

Kevin Simpson broke open a 1-1 tie with a bases-clearing double in the third inning and the Indians went on to sweep their 6A Region I quarterfinal series in Midland.

The Indians (26-6) faces Flower Mound Marcus (27-10-1) in the semifinals.

RBIs from Mikey Brinton gave Keller a 1-0 and 2-1 lead and after the Indians went ahead 5-1 on Simpson's double, they added three more with RBIs singles from Joey Bettencourt and Kyle Rich, and a sacrifice fly by Will Lance.

Hunter Marshall led off the sixth with a solo home run to left and Will Johnston threw six innings and struck out six batters.

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