Prosper 3, Frisco-Reedy 2
It took four extra innings and a whole lot of drama, but the Prosper baseball team gutted out a 3-2 victory Friday, May 5 against Frisco Reedy in the bi-district playoffs.
Prosper entered the game as the No. 8-ranked team in the state and voted for a three-game playoff, but Reedy won the coin toss, forcing a one-game playoff scenario.
“We had several opportunities to win the game and so did they,” Prosper head coach Rick Carpenter said. “A few great defensive plays kept that from happening.”
The Eagles tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning, but neither team scored again until the 11th. With a a pair of runners in scoring position, Prosper catcher Cade McBride hit a ground ball right up the middle that was fielded in shallow center field, scoring the game-winning run.
Opportunities were consistent for the Eagles offensively — Prosper had the bases loaded with two outs three separate times in the game and came up short. Nevertheless, the team still came away with a big hit when needed.
“I told the guys to keep doing what they were doing,” Carpenter said. “We had good at-bats and quite a few baserunners.”
Stellar pitching kept Prosper in the game. Left-handder Braden Carmichael threw a full seven innings in relief, struck out four and allowing only one inherited runner to score in the fifth. Fellow southpaw Jamie Janco got the start on the mound after suffering a minor injury in pre-game warmups last week.
“I had 100 percent confidence in (Carmichael) closing the game,” Carpenter said. “That was our game plan. I never thought he’d go seven innings.”
Easton Murrell was crucial in important situations throughout the game. He came up to bat four different times with two outs and multiple runners on base. Murrell didn’t come away with a hit but drew two walks and came inches away from a grand slam in the third inning.
McBride had a similar night hitting behind Murrell in the order. In six at-bats, McBride’s only hit was the game-winner.
“(Murrell and McBride) didn’t drive in runs in those situations, but they didn’t choke,” Carpenter said. “They were up there just battling away and had great at-bats.”
Next up for Prosper is another one-game playoff on Thursday, May 11, against Dallas Highland Park at McKinney Boyd High School. The first pitch is at 8 p.m.