The Prosper High School baseball team took a commanding victory over Carrollton Newman Smith in district competition. After the March 20 win, the Eagles, who are currently ranked first in both the state (in Division 5A) and the district, are 18-2-1 overall.

Coach Rick Carpenter and the team took to the field with junior Connor Jackson at the pitcher’s mound first. Jackson wasted no time at the mound, striking out the first two batters quickly. He diligently battled with the third batter, and eventually forced the final out to send his team into the bottom of the first.

The Eagles were a major offensive threat early in the game, as several of the boys had big hits to give their team the momentum. Sophomore Braden Webb slipped a sneaky hit right past the pitcher to bring in senior Zach Wilson for the score. Easton Murrell also contributed to the scoring as the senior landed a single hit between second and third base to send Webb sliding through home plate.

Newman Smith did respond with a run of their own in the second inning, but it was the only scoring miscue that the Eagles would allow. Jackson added another strikeout before heading into the bottom of the second. After a lull in the offense in the bottom of the second, Prosper opened up their scoring stride in the third. The boys rained in run after run, with big hits coming from seniors Cade McBride and Jackson Vines and sophomore Braden Webb.

The biggest highlight of the inning, however, came from Jaden Ford. The senior stepped up to the plate and slammed a huge hit into left field and over the fence for the go-ahead home run. The senior said that the pitcher kept throwing him fast balls, but he was patient in his batting.

“I fouled two off, and then the third one I just connected with,” Ford said. “It felt pretty good, it just put my team up a few more points – I do it all for the team.”

By the end of the third, Prosper had racked up a hefty 10-1 lead over the Trojans.

Defensively, the Eagles played relentlessly for the remainder of the game. Jackson continued his whirlwind pitching with back-to-back strikeouts to force another quick batting turnover. Prosper added three more runs as the boys continued to land base hits. In the final inning of the game, senior Jordan Gilson entered the game to pitch. In dramatic fashion, Gilson dominated the mound with three straight strikeouts to end the game on run-rule. In the eighth run-rule win of the season, the game ended in favor of the home team with a score of 13-1.

Carpenter said that he was happy with the team’s performance.

“I thought we played pretty good except for a couple of errors,” he said.

Prosper will take on the Trojans again this Friday, Mar. 24 at Newman Smith for the second half of the series.