Frisco Wakeland’s remarkable playoff run ended in a 6-3 loss to Corpus Christi Calallen in a Class 4A state baseball semifinal Wednesday night before 2,567 fans at Round Rock’s Dell Diamond.
Wakeland (31-11), making its first state tournament appearance, scored two runs in the top of the first and held a lead through three innings.
Calallen (38-4), ranked No. 5 nationally by ESPN RISE, surged ahead with a three-run fourth inning and tacked on single runs in the fifth and sixth.
Senior Rob Zastryzny (16-1), pitching his third complete game in six days, limited Wakeland’s hot bats to seven singles, one walk and one earned run.
Only two of the five runs charged to losing pitcher Hayden Nixon (5-5) were earned. In four innings, the sophomore left-hander allowed eight hits and struck out two.
Greg McCall and Joey Swanner had first-inning RBI singles to stake Wakeland to a 2-0 lead, but it could have been more. Zastryzny stranded runners at second and third with a strikeout and an infield out.
Calallen, making its 11th appearance in the state final four, got a run back in the bottom of the first and scored three in the fourth to take command, the big hit a two-run, two-out single by Richard Montemayor on a 2-2 pitch.
Willie Schwanke’s sacrifice fly in the seventh accounted for Wakeland’s final run. Schwanke was the only Wolverine to have a multi-hit game.
Wakeland came into the state tournament having outscored playoff opponents, 94-42, and was fresh from sweeping the nation's top-ranked team, Rockwall-Heath.
Rain delays earlier in the day caused the game to start 2 1/2 hours behind its scheduled time of 7 p.m.
Calallen will face Brenham (36-5) in the 4A title game 6 p.m. Thursday at Dell Diamond. Brenham defeated Wichita Falls Rider, 3-2 in eight innings in Wednesday’s first semifinal.