Bobby Witt Jr. hits homer at Globe Life Park during playoff game
FLOWER MOUND 9, LAKE RIDGE 1
Flower Mound has scheduled a scrimmage or two at Globe Life Park in the past, which may have played a big part in the Jaguars’ win over Lake Ridge in Game 1 of their 6A Region I area round baseball series on Thursday in Arlington.
Then again, TCU commit Cam Brown was dealing. He allowed four hits and struck out 11 batters in six innings.
Game 2 is 7:30 p.m. Friday at Grapevine.
“There were a couple nerves, it’s a big game, but we have a great defense so I knew all I had to do was pound the zone and my defense would give me a chance to win,” Brown said.
Matt and Geoff Marlow ripped liners to deep left center to score runners from first to help Flower Mound (27-11) take a 3-1 lead in the second inning. Brown recorded a deep RBI triple to the warning track in right during the sixth.
“As a pitcher it feels great that your offense has your back,” Brown said. “We work hard to get runs on the board and go out pounding strikes. It makes it really easy to pitch a game.”
Tyler Talbert and Chris Ballow had RBI doubles during a four-run fifth inning.
“We usually play an exhibition game here, difference today was it was a serious tone,” Flower Mound coach Danny Wallace said. “Glad we hit the ball hard today and really it was up and down the lineup. It’s a nice start, but it’s one step.”
Luke Potter drove in a first-inning run for Lake Ridge (23-9).
COLLEYVILLE HERITAGE 2, BURLESON 0
For the second straight week, the Panthers won a one-game playoff to advance to the next round.
Behind Bobby Witt’s first-inning home run and Austin Glaze’s pitching performance, the No. 2 team in 5A knocked off the Elks in the Region I area round at Globe Life Park.
Witt, a projected top-5 draft pick, belted an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall in the park his dad, Witt Sr., used to play in. He had a standup triple in the third and scored on a passed ball, narrowly beating the tag from the catcher.
“I was trying to work the count. He threw a curveball and I drove it, and luckily it went out,” Witt said.
“It got everybody excited for sure,” Glaze added.
Glaze threw a three-hit shutout and struck out seven. Witt started a 6-4-3 double play for the final outs of the game.
“We weren’t getting much offense so I knew I had to go out and keep them off the board,” said Glaze, who is signed to play at Navarro College.
“It was a pitchers’ duel and our guy was just as good,” Heritage coach Alan McDougal said. “Austin did more than keep us in the game, he took the game over.”
Cameron Hauch allowed four hits and struck out four for the Elks (23-8-1). Heritage awaits Azle or Legacy in the quarterfinals.
MANSFIELD 12, HEBRON 10 (10)
The Tigers erased a 9-6 deficit in the seventh inning and then got RBI hits from Reed Thomas and Kade Fletcher in the top of the 10th to edge the Hawks in Game 1 of their 6A Region I area round series at Irving MacArthur.
Game 2 is 5 p.m. Friday at MacArthur.
Mansfield (17-12) scored three runs in the third and fourth innings, but Hebron (24-12) answered with four runs in both innings. The Hawks took a 9-6 lead in the fifth when Connor McGinnis scored.
Mansfield took a 10-9 lead in the seventh. Fletcher had an RBI double and Hunter Simmons and Gavin Brzozowski drove in runs with two outs. Hebron forced extra innings with a sac fly from Diego Johnson.
FW CHRISTIAN 5, AUSTIN REGENTS 0
Cade Fontenot threw a three-hit shutout and struck out 11 as the Cardinals advanced to the state tourney for the sixth time in eight years during a TAPPS 5A regional playoff game at West.
Bo Webb scored in the third inning and drove in two runners in the fourth. Stephen Grove recorded an RBI single in the fifth and Charlie Stamps added an RBI single in the sixth.
KELLER 6, CARROLL 2
Texas Tech commit Riley Love blasted two home runs and Dylann Kaderka struck out eight as the Indians took Game 1 over the Dragons in their 6A Region I quarterfinal series at Keller.
Game 2 is 7:30 p.m. Friday at Carroll.
The first 10 batters didn’t reach base until Keller’s Hayden Brown was hit by a pitch in the second inning with one out. Hailey Jones singled and Love hit a three-run homer to center.
Kansas commit Katie Gee hit a two-run home run in the fourth, but Keller (30-3-1) answered with three runs a half inning later.
Jones recorded an RBI groundout and Love added her second home run, a two-run shot to right for her first multi-home run game of her career. Kaderka allowed three hits to get to career win No. 76, one away from tying the all-time program record.
NOLAN CATHOLIC 2, URSULINE 1
Elena Larsen hit the walk-off RBI double to send the Vikings past Ursuline at Irving High and into the TAPPS state tournament for the fourth straight season.
The Vikings’ offense was shut out for the first six innings before Kortlyn Brown hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 1-1. Two batters later, Larsen ripped a one-out double to send Nolan to the TAPPS 6A Final Four in Crosby, May 17-18.