The Prosper baseball team suffered another blip in its stellar season but bounced back with a win to solidify its spot in the District 14-5A standings.
The Colony 4, Prosper 2
The Eagles (23-4) lost their second district game of the season on the road against The Colony on April 11. It was the first time Prosper has lost two in a row all year.
The offense got off to a quick start, plating both of its two runs on three consecutive hits in the top of the first inning. The first run came on a triple by Easton Murrell. Teammate Cade McBride followed that up with a sacrifice fly, allowing Murrell to score.
Prosper’s bats were stymied from that point forward, finishing with just two more hits the entire game.
“They threw tons of strikes in good location and kept us off-balance all night,” Prosper head coach Rick Carpenter said. “You can’t hardly do anything but tip your hat to a guy that has a great pitching performance.”
The Colony responded with one run in the bottom of the first, took a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning and held off the Eagles until the final out. The Colony had 10 hits in total, six coming against Prosper starting pitcher Jamie Janco. Conner Jackson threw three scoreless innings in relief.
“We just had trouble throwing strikes,” Carpenter said. “When we did throw it over the plate, they hit it.”
Prosper 4, The Colony 1
Prosper responded with a dominant win at home against The Colony on April 13.
“Losing two games in a row can make you start to get nervous and play on edge,” Carpenter said. “That wasn’t the case with us.”
Great pitching allowed the Eagles to control the game from start to finish. Jacob Cosner and Braden Carmichael combined to allow only two hits in seven innings. Cosner allowed the only run in the sixth inning before being removed from the game with two outs. Carmichael entered in relief, getting the final four outs and the save.
“[Carmichael] was lights out,” Carpenter said. “It was great to get two good pitching performances.”
A balanced approach at the plate allowed Prosper to get its groove back on offense. Cosner had two hits and an RBI while teammates Murrell, Kendall Foster and Zach Wilson each drove in one run of their own. Five of the team’s 12 hits were doubles.
“We came into this game swinging the bat,” Carpenter said. “We were a lot more aggressive.”
The Eagles have only lost twice this season when scoring at least four runs. Carpenter said his team had opportunities to score even more to break the game open.
The Eagles are now in a three-way tie for first place in the district standings. Prosper, Little Elm and McKinney North all have 8-2 records with two weeks remaining before the playoffs begin.