DALLAS — After an offensive surge on Thursday night against Forney, the Prosper Eagles were looking to punch their ticket to Round Rock on Friday night. However, things didn’t go quite as planned.
Forney cranked out 11 hits and Texas A&M signee Jonathan Childress gave up one run over 5.1 innings as the Jackrabbits defeated Prosper, 9-2, in Game 2 of the Class 5A Region II final. The two teams meet again Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Dallas Baptist University’s Horner Ballpark to decide who advances to the state tournament next week.
“I just told our team that we were in good shape,” Prosper head coach Rick Carpenter said. “We won’t be facing a potential draft pick like we did tonight and we just need to come out ready to go tomorrow.
After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning and a quick second inning, Forney plated four runs in the third. The first five batters of the inning reached safely for the Jackrabbits — including an RBI single from Childress and Caden Bork reaching safely on a fielder’s choice.
Ryland Kerby added a two-run single to left field to cap off the scoring in the third. He finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored for Forney.
Prosper did have its chances to get themselves back in it — loading the bases in both the third and the fourth innings. But Prosper was able to score one run in those sequences via a bases-loaded walk in the fourth. It scored the other run on a similar play in the seventh.
The Eagles left 14 runners on base.
“That third inning hurt a little bit because we had two of our best hitters up in that situation,” Carpenter said. “That’s baseball though and they’ve come through all year long. We just have to move forward.
The Jackrabbits were able to keep the bats going — scoring two runs in the fourth and three more in the third. Sean Stephens had a big night offensively for Forney, finishing 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored.
The Eagles will look to regroup on Saturday as they try to get back to Round Rock for the first time since 2015 and Carpenter is confident in his team’s ability to bounce back.
“We have a great pitcher going Saturday in Braden Carmichael,” he said. “We were three hits away from putting ourselves in position tonight with the amount of runners we had. We just need to be ready to go and I think we’ll be fine.”