Mansfield Legacy heats up in win over Irving

MANSFIELD, Texas -- Mansfield Legacy baseball wore down Irving on Saturday in Game 3 of their bi-district matchup, 13-5.

The crowd that gathered saw a high-energy game that included 11 stolen-base attempts and 18 hits by both teams. That energy boiled over in the bottom of the fourth, when Legacy scored four runs on three hits and a walk to take a 6-4 lead.

“We hit the ball pretty good today,” Legacy coach David Walden said. “They’ve got a great baseball team over there. We didn’t know how we were going to get those first five guys out. They just killed us all week. Our kids just hung tough.”

Legacy added four more in the fifth and three in the sixth against an Irving team that struggled on defense, finishing with six errors.

Legacy first baseman Tejay Antone had a team-leading four hits with singles in the second, fourth and fifth. He capped off his day at the plate with a triple in the sixth, driving in two. He would finish with four RBIs.

“Last year I hit pretty well against Lake Dallas and Birdville, but this is by far my best at-bats here today,” Antone said. “Coach Walden talked to me today about relaxing and playing my game the best I know how.”

On the mound, Legacy pitcher Kyle Stricklin earned a complete-game victory, allowing five runs on eight hits and recording three strikeouts.

Stricklin said he had command of his curveball throughout the game and found his fastball in the later innings.

All of Irving’s run production came from the top of the order, including a one-run homer by designated hitter Ryan Garza in the top of the fifth. Irving scored two in the second and two in the third off Frankie Fuentes' single and a double by Jeff Stovall.

Legacy had taken Thursday's Game 1, 4-2. Irving followed with an 8-7 win Friday.

Legacy advances to the area round of the 5A state playoffs to face area powerhouse Southlake Carroll.

“It feels amazing,” Antone said. “I’m so glad we didn’t end today.”

SOFTBALL: Hebron 6, Mansfield Legacy 4

Hebron took the third game of its area-round pairing with Mansfield Legacy on a two-run homer by Jasmine Parker in the bottom of the sixth.

Hebron led 4-1 until the top of the sixth, when Legacy rallied and eventually tied the score on Kendall Potts' seeing-eye single through the middle.

Hebron pitcher Heather Streans picked up the win.

“It’s good for our confidence. ... Somebody each game, somebody different, has stepped up and pulled through for us,” Hebron coach Sue Dunn said.