Prosper Rock Hill, Mansfield Lake Ridge advance to state for the first time

FRISCO – Prosper Rock Hill hit his ticket to the state championship Friday night, riding a knockout from Taylor Hagen in a 1-0 win over Royce City to wrap up the final series 5A District Two in Rock Hill.

Rock Hill (33-9) swept the series with a consecutive close, including a 9-0 win on Wednesday night. The sophomore program is now preparing for its first trip to the state championship.

Hagen played a big role in the win, allowing only five riders and two crosses.

“Taylor gave us an exceptional match, she was in the zone and she fell in place,” Rock Hill coach Lee Ann Budd said. “I played really well, our defense played really well and we put the ball into play to get a couple of chances to score.”

Those opportunities came early, with Rock Hill contestants scoring center in three of the first four innings. This included having two riders in second and third place in the opening inning, before breaking through in the second to snatch a 1-0 lead.

In that inning, Rock Hill loaded the bases one out of one after two hits and a walk. The Sacrifice fly of Veronica Cooley scored Katrina Luna’s goal in the only round in the game

Hagen ran through the opening five rounds, allowing only three primary sprinters without any hits.

Royse City (31-10-1) finally put together a run in the sixth inning, using walk-and-hit to put runners first and second without a win. However, Rock Hill used a pair of nice defensive plays from Ella Berlage and Hagen’s hit to keep Royse City off the scoreboard.

Rock Hill nearly broke the game at the bottom of sixth, loading the bases with one, but couldn’t push any insurance.

The last Royse City rally came on the seventh, started single-handedly by Ryleigh Hewlett. However, Hagen convinced a pair of ground kicks to close the break and propelled Rock Hill into the case.

Royse City thrower Kaylee Schmitz took a hard luck loss, clearing five hits while helping lock up 10 Rock Hill riders. Rock Hill’s Camilla Spriggs finished 2v3 to speed up the team’s attack.

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Mansfield Lake Ridge 4, Woodlands 3: Lake Ridge advanced to the state championship for the first time by sweeping The Woodlands in the Class 6A Region Two final.

Lake Ridge (31-6) extended its winning streak to 15 games as Oklahoma State pledged Tia Warsop, Paris Johnson and Madison Barnes each hit two hits and scored one each. Lake Ridge broke the tie 3-3 with a lead in sixth, as Cassidy Chance led with a walk and scored a foul.

Lake Ridge had a chance to add to his lead, as bases were loaded onto three consecutive singles with no seventh-placed bands, but she was unable to score. Avery Hoang comfortably played the last three turns and got a pop-up to finish the game with a runner at the start.

Warsop opened the match with a walking tour, went for second on the field, and advanced to third with one song by Johnson and scored an error score. Johnson scored a goal at Jammeh Stadium to give Lake Ridge a 2-0 lead at the top of the first net.

Lake Ridge consolidated its lead to 3-0 in the second as Barnes took the lead in the break with a hat-trick and scored in a fly-sacrifice by Marizza Arellano. The Woodlands struggled to tie the score 3-3, with the big hits being a fourth-place RBI single by Avery Vasel and an RBI double by Kiara Wiedenhaupt that capped two-time bottoms of fifth.

Flower Hill Marcos 8, El Paso Americas 1: Hayden Sokolowsky, Alexa Hanisch and Oklahoma State University signers Tory Edwards pledged the pledge as Flower Mound Marcus tied the 3-point Top 6A class in District One in one win each.

Sokolowsky hit Homer solo and Hanish added a home run in the first of three runs, and Edwards scored a solo home run in the fifth to make it 6-1. Hanash Hart for the second match in a row.

Game three is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Woolforth Fernsep, with the winner advancing to the state championship.

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Alido 10, Lubbock Monterey 3: Aledo is heading to the state championship for the second year in a row and for the sixth time overall after the 5A Final Series swept into Region One.

Alido, last year’s 5A runner-up, will seek to add to the state titles he won in 2008, 2014 and 2015. Alido will have a 24-game winning streak in the state championship.

Aledo (33-2) scored 17 strokes — eight for extra bases — and raced a 7-0 lead with four runs at the top of the first and three more in the fourth set. Madysen Boutwell, Presley Hull and Texas Ray were for Aledo, Marissa Powell was 3 for 5 with two doubles, two times and two RBIs, and Ana Flores and Claire Byars combined for five hits and four RBIs.

This was a huge insult to bowler Natalie Tochet, who threw five hitters and hit 11 times.

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