ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Mesquite Poteet rode lefty starter Chad Young the entire season and needed everything he had in its Class 4A state semifinal baseball game Thursday night at Dell Diamond.
This time, though, the bounce just didn’t go his way.
Senior catcher Beau Nowell's throw to first on attempted pickoff landed in right field, letting the winning run score from third in the bottom of the 10th inning of Corpus Christi Calallen's 6-5 victory.
After pitching 9 2/3 innings, Young had two strikes on Cody Nevilles when Chad Vanaman started to steal second. But he stumbled and fell just a few yards off first and would have been an easy out had Nowell's throw been on target.
“It’s a little hard to lose by one, coming back and fighting till the 10th inning,” Poteet third baseman Javier Soltero said. “It’s just a heartbreaker at the end, but I’m pretty confident that our whole team left everything they had on the field tonight.”
There's no doubt Young left everything he had on the mound, throwing just shy of 150 pitches while striking out 11.
Calallen looked to be in control after taking a 5-2 lead in the fifth, but Poteet stormed back to tie it in the sixth. The Pirates had four hits in the rally, with Soltero driving in the tying run.
The extra frames became a pitchers' duel with neither team getting a runner past second until the bottom of the 10th.
Wyatt Mathisen relieved Calallen starter Armando Arevalo in the sixth and picked up the win, allowing one hit with six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
For all the bounces that went in Poteet's favor en route to the state tournament, the state semifinal was decided by one that didn’t go the Pirates' way.
“It was anybody’s game,” Poteet coach Bobby Doe. “One break here or there and it could have gone our way.”
Class 3A state championship: Kennedale 5, Robinson 1
Hayden Elrod pitched a three-hitter to lead Kennedale to the Class 3A state championship Thursday at UT's Disch-Falk Field.
Nic Williams drove in two runs and Zach Holley had three hits to lead Kennedale's 10-hit attack.
Robinson scored its lone run in the second inning, but Elrod only allowed one more hit the rest of the way.