By David Wilfong

Herald-Banner Staff

Baseball players in Prosper woke up Sunday morning to the cold realization that they were no longer in the playoffs. More than likely, with a few scratching their heads and trying to figure out just how that had happened.

Royse City met the Eagles in a playoff series that began last Thursday night and continued through Saturday at Hebron High School in Carrollton.

The Bulldogs showed up on Thursday night for what can only be described as a good old fashioned dog-stomping at the hands of Prosper.

Right out of the gate, Richard Morrison got on base with a triple. Ellington followed to score Morrison with a triple of his own.

That was the Bulldogs’ only run of the game.

Meanwhile, the Prosper Eagles held a track meet circling the bases 16 times before calling it quits.

Royse City went home with a 16-1 loss in the first game of the playoffs.

“More than anything — I told them that night that this (first game) is over with,” said RCHS Baseball Coach Clay Wolfe. “The next day I told them that it didn’t matter if they ended up out-scoring us for the series. The bottom line is that we get off the bus and start at 0-0.”

Friday night’s game looked to be headed in the same direction as the Bulldogs faced a 4-1 deficit going into the fifth inning. To that point, the only score for Royse City came from Chaz Quinn scoring off a fielder’s choice from Carlos Gallegos.

The fifth inning was the turning point that would propel the Bulldogs into the second playoff round.

Curtis Sexton found home plate after a single from Richard Morrison.

Then Dylan Jones stepped up to the plate to deliver a crucial hit that brought in Morrison and Garrett Ellington.

Finally Gallegos took his turn at bat and delivered his first home run of the year, scoring three more runs for Royse City.

In the sixth inning the Bulldogs scored their final run from Morrison off a fielder’s choice from Jacob Stone.

In the interim, Prosper managed only one more run as a grounder from Hunter Nix scored Ryan Irlus.

Game 2 went to Royse City 8-5.

On Saturday afternoon the teams made the trip to Carrollton one last time.

To start out the afternoon Gallegos hit his second homer of the year to chalk up a uick 1-0 advantage.

Prosper responded with a pair of runs in the second and third innings off a double by Patrick Hanley and a triple by Nix.

The fourth inning saw another Bulldog surge as Mickey Mojica doubled to score one run and Dalton McAden singled to score two.

In the fifth and sixth innings the teams traded blows as Gallegos singled in two runs to match two Prosper runs delivered by Wuest.

The score stood at 6-4 going into the final inning in which Gallegos smacked his third homer and delivered two more runs.

Gallegos also pitched 1-1/3 innings after relieiving Scott Lane on the mound.

“It’s just incredible,” Wolfe said of the team’s turnaround. “It’s these kids, they just won’t give up. It was really an unbelievable, surreal type of deal. We put together our two best games of the year.”

Royse City will face Hillsboro in the second round on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Waxahachie. The second game will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday with a tie-breaker following if necessary.

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