Though the Plano East baseball team has the worst District 9-6A record among Plano ISD’s three varsity programs, the Panthers were the only Plano squad to pick up a victory Friday.
The Panthers snapped their nine-game conference winless streak, taking down fellow cellar-dweller McKinney, 5-4, to move to 1-9 in the league and drop the Lions to 2-8.
After the teams traded runs in the first, McKinney took a 4-1 lead into the bottom half of the third frame after a three-run at-bat. However, a pair of runs in both the third and the fifth lifted the hard-luck Panthers to their first marker in the win column.
Freshman outfielder Caleb Bergman had another solid night offensively for the Panthers, going 2-for-4 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot. Seniors Jonathan McNair and Hayden Smith each had a pair of RBIs to pace the program.
McNair also worked the majority of the game on the hill for East, throwing 5.2 innings and striking out seven while scattering eight hits and allowing the Lions’ four runs.
East will next take on Plano West in the teams’ second-to-last 9-6A series.
Prosper edges West to sweep fading Wolves
Just days after edging Plano West, 2-0, at home Tuesday, the Prosper baseball team earned a second narrow victory over the Wolves Friday by a count of 2-0 to head into the final two weeks of 9-6A play with a sweep.
The loss was the Wolves’ fifth in their last six conference games, with the team’s lone win coming in a 7-3 decision over 2-8 McKinney April 2. With rival Plano East and Allen remaining on the program’s league slate, the Wolves find themselves alone in sixth place and looking up at five teams with at least five wins.
Prosper tallied twice in the visitors’ half of the fourth for the Eagles’ only runs of the game, but the two-run advantage would hold in the face of a lone run from the Wolves in the sixth. West managed just five hits on the night, and no player recorded more than one.
Junior Danny Davis took the loss, giving up two runs in 6.2 innings of work.
Plano Senior bested by Jesuit
After opening the district season 1-3, the Wildcats built momentum with consecutive sweeps of Plano East and McKinney to get back into the postseason picture in the contentious league.
That momentum was halted, however, by a sweep at the hands of Jesuit this week that leveled the programs at 5-5 and locked them into a tie for the district’s final postseason position.
The Rangers’ bats put away Plano Friday, 9-3, on the back of back-to-back three-run innings in the home halves of the sixth and seventh innings that snapped a 3-3 tie.
Plano mustered just five hits in the outing and, like their counterparts on the West side, no Wildcat had more than one base hit. Junior Hunter Reid wore the loss on the hill, allowing six runs and failing to record an out in the fifth before giving way to senior Quentin Frederick.
The road won’t get easier for the Wildcats, who will take on McKinney Boyd and Prosper in their final two series of 9-6A play.
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