ROCKWALL — The Prosper Eagles continued to roll through the playoffs with a second straight sweep, this time against the Sulphur Springs Wildcats in a Class 5A Region II area round series at Rockwall High School.
Prosper, which won the opener, 7-4, on Friday May 11, and then finished with a 9-6 victory on Saturday, May 12, advances to the region quarterfinals for the seventh straight season and face Hallsville this week.
Game 1 of the series is at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Rockwall High School with Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Mike Carter Field in Tyler. A third game, if necessary, would be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Rockwall High School.
The Eagles will be trying to reach the region semifinals for the first time since winning the state championship in 2015.
Luke Johnson homered and drove in two runs and Tate Starks tripled, drove in three runs and scored twice as Prosper closed out the series on Saturday.
The Eagles were down 5-0 going to the bottom of the second inning but two innings later had taken the lead for good with four runs in the second and three more in the third.
Prosper's comeback started when it loaded the bases in the second. Taylor Pendley was hit by a pitch and Jaxon Alley singled. Starks cleared the bases with a triple to right and then scored on Braden Webb's two-out single that cut the deficit to a run.
A two-out rally in the third put the Eagles in front to stay. An error allowed two runs scored and Jacob Cosner followed with an RBI double to right for a 7-5 lead.
Johnson had a one-out homer to center following a one-out walk by Zey in the fourth inning.
Sulphur Springs made it 9-6 in the top of the fifth to close out the scoring.
Pendley earned the victory with four innings of action and Hunter Prideaux closed out the contest with three shutout innings.
The Eagles opened the series with a victory spurred on by a six-run third inning. Cosner got the win with eight strikeouts and three walks in four and a third innings before giving way to Conner Jackson, who pitched the final two and two thirds innings.
Prosper went up 1-0 in the second and Sulphur Springs tied the game in the bottom of the frame before the Eagles broke the game open with the rest of their runs an inning later.
Sulphur Springs started to chip away with a run to make it 7-2 and then the Wildcats scored twice in the fifth to get within three runs and had the tying run at the plate. Jackson came in and ended the threat with a pair of strikeouts as Prosper went on to secure the victory.