Reece Fontenot hit the walk-off, one-out single to right field in the eighth inning as Fort Worth Christian defeated Austin St. Michael’s during the TAPPS Division II state semifinals on Tuesday at Crosby.
Fort Worth Christian (14-8) will face Houston Lutheran South (29-6) in the state championship, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Crosby.
FWC, which is at state for the sixth time in eight years, took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third when the Cardinals recorded four-straight hits. Charlie Stamps and Cade Johnson singled, and Case Baldwin drove in Stamps with a liner to center. Cade Fontenot doubled in a run and two batters later, Jack Badr singled in Baldwin.
The Crusaders scored a run in the second, third and fourth inning.
Cade Fontenot allowed two hits, two earned runs and struck out six in the complete-game effort.
Braden Shultz allowed nine hits, three earned runs and struck out six for St. Michael’s.
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 3, FW ALL SAINTS 2
Playing in the largest TAPPS Division for the first time, All Saints lost to a walk-off against the TAPPS Division I defending state champions during the state semifinals on Tuesday in Crosby.
All Saints finishes the season 27-6.
Liberty Christian (25-13-1) will play Houston St. Thomas (15-5) in the state championship, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Crosby.
Jacob Hasty drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the seventh. Courtesy runner Adam Johnson advanced to second on a sacrifice from Pryor Thomas and scored on a walk-off double from Creighton Hansen to center field.
The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the second and All Saints tied it in the third, both on errors. All Saints went in front 2-1 in the sixth when AJ Mendolia scored on a Matt Tieding sacrifice. Liberty Christian tied it a half inning later.
Joe Wolf allowed three hits and struck out six in six innings for the Warriors.
TCU bound pitcher Mason Speaker allowed four hits and struck out seven in six innings for the Saints.