The Eagles have one more opponent standing in the way of a trip to the state tournament and the Eagles take on the Forney Jackrabbits in the Class 5A Region II final series starting on Thursday night.
These two evenly-matched ball clubs — who are sure to put on a heavyweight bout in their three-game series — will take to the field on Thursday, Friday and possibly Saturday night. Each game at Dallas Baptist is at 7:30 p.m.
The winner advances to the state semifinals at Dell Diamond in Round Rock next Thursday. Prosper (35-7) is looking to return to state for the first time since winning the 2015 title and the fifth time overall while Forney (26-12) is having its best season since reaching the state tournament in 2004.
That season was the last time the Jackrabbits made the region final. Forney was a region semifinalist last season before losing against Mansfield Legacy in a deciding Game 3.
The Jackrabbits shut out Joshua, 7-0, in Game 3 of their region semifinal series to advance to the final. Forney displayed strong pitching in the series matched with timely hitting — the Jackrabbits staff only giving up five runs and eight hits in 21 innings, while picking up 23 strikeouts.
Joshua won the middle game of the series, 5-3, after being shut out in Game 1. It was the only playoff game the Jackrabbits have lost. Forney opened the postseason with a 3-0, 6-0 sweep of Marshall before eliminating Frisco Reedy 10-3 and 12-2, and Texas High, 9-3, 4-1 before facing Joshua.
Texas A&M signee Jonathan Childress struck out 10 and Mason Englert, who has also signed with A&M, doubled twice and drove in three runs during the Game 3 victory.
Englert won the series opener by allowing a hit and striking out seven in six innings of work.
The Eagles are entering the region final series with a hot offense, having outscored Cleburne, 23-7, in their 5A Region II semifinal series.
Prosper defeated Cleburne, 17-2, in five innings in Game 3 to advance while picking up 22 hits in the series.
The pitching staff gave up only seven runs and 17 hits in 23.2 innings of work while picking up a 19 strikeouts. They also showed their grit, making quality pitches in tough spots and pitching deep into extra-inning games.
Prosper ended Cleburne’s 31-game winning streak in the series opener.
Bryce Brakebill contributed to this report.