ALLEN — Until the fifth inning, Guyer failed to drive in runners in scoring position against Texas commit and Flower Mound pitcher Austin Wallace.
Luke Piper provided the clutch hit the Wildcats needed with a bloop single to drive in Jordan Beminio and tie Friday’s Class 6A playoff game at 1. Guyer pitcher Bristol Carson then launched a two-run double to right field.
Flower Mound showed why it’s a playoff perennial, responding with four runs in the sixth. Wallace and Dallas Baptist commit Tyler Talbert shut down the Wildcats over the final two innings to seal a 5-3 victory and a 2-0 series sweep.
The Jaguars advance to the area round to play Dallas Lake Highlands or Mansfield Lake Ridge.
The turning point occurred in the sixth when Flower Mound’s Cole Antonelli hit a soft ground ball between the mound and first base with the Jaguars down 3-2. A throwing error over the first baseman’s head resulted in two runs for Flower Mound and a 4-3 Jaguars lead.
During the next at-bat, Antonelli took off to steal third base, and Piper’s throw bounced off Guyer’s Chad Aune at third. Seeing the ball roll a few feet away, Antonelli took off for home and slid under Piper’s tag to give Flower Mound the 5-3 lead.
Piper and Guyer coach Pat Watson argued the call with the umpire, which resulted in Piper being ejected.
Watson called the play a “missed call” and the turning point of the game, and that the Wildcats were frustrated with calls throughout the series.
“The error that hurt us was the call at home plate,” Watson said. “A one-run lead is different than a two-run lead in a tight situation, especially when [Piper] makes the tag up the line. That’s not the first missed call they’ve had all series, and all of a sudden our kids felt like ‘here we go again.’ That’s two games in a row this has happened to us, and frustrations came out at the time.”
Carson kept the Wildcats in the game after escaping a couple of tough situations early. Although Watson said he didn’t have his best stuff, the junior only allowed two runs and five hits through five innings pitched.
Wallace showcased his variety of pitches for the Jaguars. The southpaw hurled six innings, struck out seven and drove in the Jaguars’ opening run with a single to right.
Guyer’s streak of seasons without a playoff victory extended to five.
“We’ve won 20 games in each of the three years I’ve been here,” Watson said. “Flower Mound is a perennial playoff power and has two pitchers that are going to play at the Division I level. [Thursday] night we had 10 hits, and today we had nine hits. Our baseball knowledge is growing every day, and a playoff win is just waiting to happen. Guyer can be a baseball gold mine just like football and basketball.”
Flower Mound 5, Guyer 3
Flower Mound 001 004 0 — 5 7 1
Guyer 000 030 0 — 3 9 1
WP – Austin Wallace; LP – Nathan Hokanson; 2B – Bristol Carson