Thursday , 26 April 2018

Baseball Playoffs: Lions Muster One Hit in Game 1 Loss to Rockwall

By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor

It appears the baseball gods weren’t too nice to McKinney schools when it came to offense on Friday night.

While McKinney North was being no-hit down in Grand Prairie, the McKinney High Lions were in an offensive struggle of its own in Frisco.

Facing Rockwall’s Alec Vice, the Lions only managed one hit, while the Yellowjackets did just enough offensively to scrape across a run to win 1-0 at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark.

Rockwall leads the UIL Class 5A Region II Area round best-of-three series 1-0. Game 2 is Saturday morning at Lewisville High School, beginning at 11 a.m. McKinney must win two games on Saturday to advance to the Regional Quarterfinals.

The Yellowjackets’ lone run came in the top of the fifth inning, after Lions starter Brad Vassar loaded the bases with a single, walk, and an error. With Kendall Coleman at the plate and just one out in the inning, Vassar got the ground ball he was looking for but the only play was the first base, as Gunnar Lund stepped on first for the second out of the inning. Dustin Angiel scored from third base after the Coleman RBI fielder’s choice, giving Rockwall the only run in the game it would need.

McKinney (19-12) was not without chances at the plate, despite only putting up a one in the hit column. Vice walked six Lions over seven innings, throwing just 58 of 100 pitches for strikes. McKinney’s lone hit came off the bat of Vassar in the bottom of the first, after Garrett Christianson started the frame off with a walk.

With two outs and runners on the corners, Jesse Cox grounded out back to Vice for the third out of the inning. The Lions would leave seven runners on base in the loss.

On the mound Vassar took the complete game loss. He allowed six hits, walked three hitters, and struck out seven over seven innings. The junior left hander got ahead of Rockwall hitters nearly 60% of the time with first pitch strikes, needing just 106 pitches to throw the complete game.

Follow on Facebook Saturday morning for live updates from game two of the MHS-Rockwall series. If the Lions win, the winner-take-all game three would immediately follow the conclusion of game two.

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