MCKINNEY – After a thrilling Bi-District Championship match last week, Prosper baseball continued their winning streak by taking down Highland Park in a Thursday night showdown.
Unlike last round’s 11-inning stretch against neighboring Frisco Reedy, the boys in green appeared to have a much easier time controlling the game. The Eagles muscled their way out to an early lead against the Scots and Highland Park all-star pitcher Will Adair struggled at the mound against a strong Prosper batting lineup. He was forced to take a seat after allowing RBI’s by Kyler Grimsely, Braden Webb, and Kendall Foster to make the score 4-0 after two innings.
Arkansas commit and Prosper senior Easton Murrell was huge in the 6-3 victory. He made two outstanding plays in the fourth inning, snagging two crafty groundballs to record outs for his team. And although he did commit an error at his shortstop position in the top sixth, he made up for it at the plate.
The senior blasted a homer over right field in the bottom of the sixth, extending the Prosper lead to 6-2.
“(Murrell) is a great player,” Prosper head coach Rick Carpenter said in an interview with Bryan Murphy of the Frisco Enterprise. “I’m glad he’s on our team.”
Highland Park did try to stage a small comeback, scoring two runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh, but Prosper’s resilient batting kept the Scots trailing the entire game.
A total of five players contributed runs in the eventual 6-3 victory, including Kendall Foster, Easton Murrell, Taylor Pendley, Trendan Starks, and Zach Wilson with two.
At the mound, senior Jaime Janco pitched a total of 44 pitches in two innings before being replaced by relief pitcher Braden Carmichael, who added 77 pitches. Connor Jackson also made an appearance at pitcher to close out the game.
With the Area Championship behind them, Prosper will look forward to playing Frisco Wakeland for the Regional Quarterfinal in a possible three-game series:
Game 1: May 18 at 7:30 p.m. – Jesuit High School
Game 2: May 19 at 7:30 p.m. – John Paul II
Game 3 (if needed): May 20 at 1:00 p.m. – Jesuit High School
In the same interview with Bryan Murphy, Carpenter said it will be a great matchup being that they have built quite the competition over the years.
“I’ve played Wakeland twice now since I’ve been here and beat them in the Regional Finals in 2015. It’s always fun to play those guys because it’s a big rivalry.”