FORT WORTH — While Game 1 essentially was won by the dominant pitching of Cade McCollum, Game 2 featured highlights from players throughout the Lake Dallas lineup as it controlled Burleson Centennial on Friday in a 7-3 win.
Eight players contributed at least one hit, with five recording an RBI in the prolific evening at the plate at Lupton Stadium.
The win clinched the 2-0 series sweep for the Falcons, and they advanced to the regional semifinals.
“We just had good quality at-bats up and down the lineup,” Lake Dallas coach Ryan Howard said. “I’m really proud of how we competed as a complete team. It took all of us, and it’s really cool to see.”
Ryan Depperschmidt started for Lake Dallas and allowed four hits and two runs in the top of the first inning, but he bounced back to surrender only one run and three hits over the following five innings. Ben Price came in to close the game out in the top of the seventh and allowed two harmless hits before striking out the final batter to end the series.
Centennial ended the game with nine hits, but only two were for extra bases as the Falcons defense played another clean game.
“I was just going in attacking the strike zone,” Depperschmidt said of his gameplan. “I knew they were going to come out hard and get some hits, but I just kept grinding and let my defense make plays behind me.”
Lake Dallas totaled 11 hits, five of which came in the third inning, when the Falcons scored five runs to take a 7-3 lead that held until the final out.
Five Lake Dallas batters recorded a double as the Falcons ran through the Spartans’ starting pitcher and continued to berate the relief. Kyle York, Ryan Hull and Freddy Wyche all had two hits to lead the way.
With nine seniors and 10 juniors, the experienced Falcons have found a groove in the postseason and are excited to continue their fantastic run into the fourth round next week.
“We’re hot right now, playing the right baseball at the right time,” Depperschmidt said. “It’s awesome and something we’ve dreamed of for a while. To be a part of this run with this class and guys I’ve played my whole life with is an awesome experience.”
Lake Dallas 7, Centennial 3
Centennial 201 000 0 -- 3 9 1
Lake Dallas 205 000 x -- 7 11 0
WP- Ryan Depperschmidt. LP- Freeman. 2B- Centennial: Barnes, Fuller. Lake Dallas: Ryan Depperschmidt, Ryan Hull, Jonah Webb, Austan Williams, Freddy Wyche.