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Frisco Centennial blanks Rockwall to advance

ROCKWALL, Texas -- Frisco Centennial took Game 2 and the Class 4A regional quarterfinal series from Rockwall on Friday, 7-0 -- thanks in part to an offensive onslaught by first baseman Allie Cranfill.

Cranfill went 3-3 in the two-game series, with three homers. The effort earned the respect of Rockwall, which put her on intentionally on her other five at-bats of the series.

Her binge continued in Game 2 with a homer to left center on the second pitch of the at-bat.

“I thought it was going to be really tough and then I showed myself hitting home runs and they just walked me in,” Cranfill said. “It made me upset that they had to walk me, but we had people to back me up so it was fine.”

Centennial’s big inning came in the third, when it drove all six of the rest of its runs off five hits. Both Bailey Anderson and Ashlyn Mitchell cashed in big in the inning, driving in two runs a piece on a double and a single, respectively.

“Tonight was just one of those we were able to get lucky in that first inning to get a home run,” coach Mike Dyson said. “I think that gave us a little momentum. Then that one inning things just started rolling for us.”

Shelby McCoy secured the shutout with a complete game, allowing six hits and striking out four.

McCoy relied on her defense for support, pitching mostly to contact. Rockwall’s hitters got under her pitches, recording 13 outs off fly balls.

“The defense was really good that last two games in the series,” McCoy said. “I think that’s what helped us most.”

Centennial advances to the regional semifinals against the winner of Elgin and Hallsville.

“We got the breaks and that’s what this game is all about -- it’s about getting a break here and luck there. As long as you can continue to do that, we’ll go a long way.”