PLANO — Mason Meeks looked unhittable in his first three innings on the mound for the Lake Dallas Falcons. While he was dialed in, his team added run support behind a three-run second inning and one-run fourth.
On Thursday night, in the opening game of the best-of-three Class 5A bi-district playoff series against the Frisco Reedy Lions, it seemed as though Meeks and the Falcons were cruising to victory. Then the Reedy batters and pitcher Allen Smith took control.
Behind back-to-back three-run innings in the fourth and fifth, Reedy pulled in front and beat Lake Dallas 6-4.
“Mason Meeks was throwing well for a little bit but we had a couple mistakes, and good teams take advantage of those and that’s what Reedy did,” Lake Dallas coach Ryan Howard said. “They took advantage of a couple mistakes and found the gap a couple times, and it changed the tide of the game.”
Those hits that found gaps came abruptly in the fourth, putting runners in scoring position before bringing them in with back-to-back RBI doubles after Reedy scored its opening run off an error.
Meeks allowed three earned runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out two in six innings.
Errors were another issue for Lake Dallas, which amassed four.
“It was uncharacteristic of us,” Howard said. “We’re a good defensive team, and a lot of times those [mistakes] are going to be the difference. That was on us.”
At the plate, Lake Dallas was unable to regain the momentum it previously held, failing to record another run.
Smith finished with nine strikeouts and only allowed four hits, shaking off the rough start.
The series returns to Plano on Friday night at 7:30 in a game Lake Dallas must win to keep its season alive and force Game 3 on Saturday.
“[We need to] take advantage of a couple more mistakes offensively,” Howard said. “We played hard and we played well — it’s just a couple mistakes caught up to us. And I like our chances [Friday].”
Frisco Reedy 6, Lake Dallas 4
WP- Smith LP- Meeks. 2B- Josh Foskey, Dalton Deck (Reedy)