The No. 1 ranked Prosper Eagles baseball team kept their undefeated district record intact with a pair of wins over Carrolton R.L. Turner. The team is now 21-2-1 this season.
Prosper 12, Turner 0
Prosper first traveled to Carrollton and defeated Turner 12-0 on Tuesday, March 31.
Offensively, it was the little things that fueled the victory. The Eagles did not hit a home run and had only five extra-base hits. They played small-ball instead, stealing five bases and drawing a combined 12 walks, including four hit-by-pitches. Jaden Ford led the team with three RBIs and went 2-for-5 at the plate.
“This team runs the bases as good as any team I’ve ever coached,” Prosper coach Rick Carpenter said. “It’s an important part of the game.
Three different pitchers combined to earn the team shutout. Jacob Cosner threw the first three innings and got the win. Braden Carmichael added three innings as well, and Hunter Prideaux finished things off in the seventh. The staff did not allow a single walk all game, allowed just three hits and combined for 10 strikeouts.
“We’ve had sound pitching the past couple of years,” Carpenter said. “It takes away pressure from the offense and is a good formula for success.”
Prosper 13, Turner 0
The Eagles returned home to face Turner again on Friday, March 31, and got a similar result. The game was called in the bottom of the fifth as the run-rule went into effect.
“When you win a game pretty handily on a Tuesday, it’s hard to get back up to play on a Friday,” Carpenter said. “I was proud of the way we handled that.”
Prosper used the same style of play from the first game to come away with another victory. Overall, 10 of the team’s 13 hits were singles. They also stole four bases and drew four walks. The scoring was balanced as well — the Eagles plated at least two runs in every inning.
Turner struggled to get anything going against the Eagles pitchers once again. Carpenter elected to use three different arms and the strategy paid off. Jamie Janco got the start, threw two innings and got the win. Conner Jackson also went two innings, and Cameron Marchant added one. The trio allowed only one hit all game.
Prosper has been ranked No. 1 among all 5A regions since the beginning of district play, according to txhighschoolbaseball.com. They have outscored opponents 45-4 in their past four games.
“It’s prestigious, but I never say a word about (the ranking),” Carpenter said. “The team may be talking about it when I don’t hear them, but I’m not worried about it.”
Next up is a pair of games against McKinney North, who is tied for second-place team in District 14-5A with a 4-1 record. Games will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4.