By Bryan Sutcliffe
Special to the Press
The Prosper Eagles turned in one of their most complete performances of the season Tuesday, turning in big plays with their bats, gloves and arms to take down the Little Elm Lobos 4-1. Prosper (13-12 overall, 6-6 9-4A) compiled a double digit hit total for the second straight game. After tallying a season high 13 hits in the previous game against The Colony, the Eagles put 12 on the board against Little Elm (10-18-1 overall, 1-11 9-4A).
Prosper managed only four hits in their first game against Little Elm - a 3-1 win at Prosper on March 22. Leading Tuesday’s improved attack was junior Tyler Webb. Webb turned in his second straight three hit game with two singles and a solo home run. Sophomore Steele Walker continued his recent hot streak as well, finishing 2 for 4 with a double. Prosper took its first lead of the game in the top of the second. Junior Dean Smith was drilled by a 3-1 pitch to get the inning going. He would score along with senior Money Hunter on a two RBI single by senior Zach Kubala. Kubala would come home as well on an RBI single from senior Aaron Maxey that extended Maxey’s hit streak to five games. Prosper’s final run came in the top of the sixth. Webb crushed a 1-0 pitch for a solo home run to left field. The homer was Prosper’s second in as many games. For Webb the night pushed his totals in the last two games to six hits in seven at bats including a double and a home run.
Four runs were plenty for senior starting pitcher Jace Vines. Standing in for Zach Kubala on the mound, Vines was terrific. He picked up his first win of the year, allowing only one run in a complete game four-hit performance. Vines struck out seven while walking just one. He was helped by some slick fielding in the Lobo sixth. Leading 4-1, Vines allowed his only walk of the game to Lobo catcher Terry Royal. Royal was replaced by courtesy runner Zach Cantwell. Cantwell ended up at third after a steal and a wild pitch, but Vines’s defense took over from there. Center fielder Steele Walker made a diving catch on a sinking line drive from clean up hitter Chris Phelps for the second out of the inning. Two pitches later senior shortstop Brandon Grudzielanek ranged deep into the hole to snag a Hunter Moore grounder then fired a laser to first baseman Lance Brooks for the inning ending putout. Vines then retired the side in order in the seventh for the win.