5A baseball playoffs: Frisco Wakeland clinches state berth; Mansfield Legacy takes opener (2022)

By Randy Jennings and Robert Thomas

11:20 PM on Jun 3, 2022 CDT — Updated at 12:53 AM on Jun 4, 2022 CDT

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CLEBURNE — Mansfield Legacy put behind the frustration of squandering a four-run lead an out away from victory and regained focus with three runs in the eighth inning to defeat Aledo 8-5 in the opener of a best-of-3 playoff series for the Class 5A Region I title and a state tournament berth Friday night at Cleburne High.

“I’m not surprised, these guys have been doing it all year in close games and they refuse to quit,’’ said Legacy coach Chris McMullen.

Legacy (31-8), No. 5 in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches’ Association 5A state poll, regained the lead in the top of the eighth on Parker Ibrahimi’s sacrifice line drive to center field. T.J. Longino had to beat a strong throw from University of Texas recruit Max Belyeu and just got under the tag.

Given King gave Legacy more breathing room with a two-run, two-out single to make it 8-5.

Aledo (28-11), a regional finalist in 2021 and No. 10 in the state poll, rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.

Ryan Jones’ two-run, two-out single brought Aledo within a run and Trace Mazon tied it with an RBI single. Mazon, Aledo’s leadoff man, had opened the scoring three hours earlier with a wind-blown solo homer to right.

Doubles by Kayden Voelkel and Andrew Taylor keyed a three-run third inning for Legacy. Given an extra out on a throwing error with two out and no one on base, Legacy took advantage on Ibrahimi’s hit-and-run single followed by Voelkel’s ground-rule double that fell inches inside the foul line before hopping over the wall. Taylor made it 3-1 with a double that plugged the gap in right-center.

Legacy increased its lead to 5-1 with two runs in the fifth. A leadoff single by Ibrahimi followed by Aledo’s second error led to a Taylor sacrifice fly for his third RBI. Blake Julius’ two-out RBI single plated the fifth run.

Luke Devasher was the winning pitcher in relief. Legacy starter Blake Julius held Aledo to one run in five innings.

Game 2 is set for noon on Saturday at Cleburne High and if a third game is needed, it would immediately follow.

— Randy Jennings

Frisco Wakeland 5, Forney 2

Frisco Wakeland wins series 2-0.

ROCKWALL — Frisco Wakeland overcame all obstacles in its path on Friday night, including a lengthy weather delay and a late rally by Forney, qualifying for the Class 5A state tournament after a 5-2 victory to complete a sweep of its 5A Region II title series at Rockwall-Heath.

Wakeland (25-13 overall) scored runs in four of the first five innings to get the lead, while three different pitchers combined for a two-hitter to send Wakeland to state.

Wakeland took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning on an RBI single by Dylan Sneed, and later went up 2-0 in the second when Jack Bryan scored on a throwing error.

A weather delay of nearly two hours followed, with Wakeland having runners on second and third with one out when the game resumed.

Wakeland kept the pressure on, adding another run on a sacrifice fly by Carson Priebe for a 3-0 advantage at the end of the frame.

Forney (28-11-1 overall) had its chances early, getting runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings. That included loading the bases with two outs in the third, but Forney was unable to take advantage.

Wakeland added single runs in the fourth and fifth frames to push its lead to 5-0, with Mason Priebe tripling and scoring on a wild pitch in the fourth followed by an RBI single by Owen Cassano in the fifth.

Carson Priebe (five strikeouts in four-plus innings) took a no-hitter into the bottom of fifth, but exited after allowing a double to Forney’s Jake White. Forney would take advantage with a pair of runs in the frame, and eventually loaded the bases with one out.

However, Wakeland’s Jacob Koczo came in for a pair of strikeouts to end the threat and keep the lead at 5-2.

Forney left 11 runners on base in the contest, but had a final two-out rally in the seventh inning after a walk and a single by Ryan Dickey brought the tying run to the plate. Kozco ended the rally with a strikeout, his sixth in two-plus innings, to secure the win.

White struck out five in three-plus innings to get tagged with the loss, with Dickey adding six strikeouts in three-plus innings of relief.

— Robert Thomas

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